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The Friends of South Park Library will be holding their annual Fall Book Sale at the South Park Township Community Center, on Thursday, October 20 from 6 to 8 p.m., Friday, October 21 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday, October 22 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., the ever-popular “$5 a Bag Day” where Friends provide you with the bag to fill with anything at the sale. New to this fall sale, look for the special “German” section. Following are items still needed for the sale: all books (hardback, paperback, fiction, non-fiction, children, adult, school, educational, coffee table); old records, albums, books on tape, audio music tapes, CDs, DVDs, video tapes, video games, computer and electronic games and programs, games, puzzles, toys and stuffed animals. Games, puzzles and toys should contain all parts and pieces and placed in taped up boxes. Encyclopedia sets should not be more than eight years old. Friends does not accept magazines, jewelry or flea market/garage sale items and no longer accepts computer books, programs, discs, business or tax publications, manuals and directories older than one year. For further information on Friends, visit their website at If you need special arrangements, call the Library at 412-833-5585. 14"x14" • 16-cut 1-Topping Sicilian Pizza The thick-cut, Sicilian Crust is crafted with an authentic Italian recipe and is light on the inside and crisp on the outside. Add your favorite topping, signature sauce and 100% mozzarella cheese.



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The Jefferson Hills Borough Recreation Board sponsored a double-elimination softball tournament on Sunday, August 21 at 885 Andrew Reilly Park. Eight teams participated in this fundraiser for Officer James Kuzak of the Clairton Police Department, who was injured in the line of duty. On April 4, 2011, Patrolman Kuzak and fellow officers answered a home invasion call in the City of Clairton. Upon arrival, he was shot five times and critically wounded by two suspects as they fled the scene. Sustaining gunshot wounds to the chest, arm and side that severely injured his lung and spine, Kuzak is recovering from his injuries as he continues a journey down a very long road to rehabilitation and recovery. All tournament proceeds benefitted the Officer James Kuzak Fund.

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APPLE AND PUMPKIN FESTIVAL – Triple B Farms. Storybook Pumpkinland, hayrides, the Big Blue Boo Barn, tube slides, corn maze, barnyard carnival and more. For more information, call 724-258-3557 or check

ELECTRONIC RECYCLING EVENT – Pleasant Hills Municipal Building, 7 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Recycle anything computer- or electronic-related, including monitors, microwaves, telephones, radio, electric drills, irons and curling irons, blow dryers and electric skillets; no televisions at this time. Any questions, call 412-655-3300.

OCTOBER 1 FLEA MARKET & BAKE SALE – Pleasant Hills American Legion, 650 Old Clairton Road (1 mile from Bill Green Shopping Center, 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.

FREE CLOG DANCE LESSONS – The Pioneer Cloggers, South Park, 6:30-8 p.m. Ages 10 and older. For registration, call 412-812-3972 or email

ANTIQUES AND COLLECTIBLES AUCTION – Bethel Presbyterian Church, Bethel Park, 10 a.m. Items include furniture, tools, glassware, china, clocks, and mid-century and Victorian items. Ray Patterson auctioneer (AU701-1). FLEA MARKET – PAT Parking Lot, Pleasant Street, Library, 8:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. (rain or shine). Sponsored by The South Park Historical Society. Refreshments and a bake sale. ART EXHIBIT – Jeff Edwards Gallery, 4909 Library Road, Bethel Park. Opening reception of “I Fly like Paper,” by Joshua Hogan. Tuesday through Thursday, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.; For more information, call 412-833-3306. VISIONWALK – South Side Works. Registration, 9 a.m.; walk 10 a.m. Sponsored by Foundation Fighting Blindness. DJs, children’s activities and booths. To register, call Michele at 847-680-0100 or email COLONIAL TAVERN AND COFFEE HOUSE – Museum of Western Expansion, Wright House, Peters Township, 3-9 p.m. Features “tastes of the past” and historic insights into the importance of the coffee house of the 18th Century. Call 724348-9705 for more information.

OCTOBER 1 AND 2 HICKORY APPLE FESTIVAL Mt. Pleasant Township Volunteer Company firehall grounds, Hickory, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Food, music, crafts, children’s activities,entertainment. Pancake and


sausage breakfast, 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Admission, parking, shuttle service, free. Full schedule at

OCTOBER 2 HARVEST CAR CRUISE – North Strabane Municipal Park, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Registration 10 a.m. and closes at 2 p.m. Donation, $5. Spectators are free. Food, fun, music, award, DJ, dash plaques for first 100 participants, prizes, Chinese auction. For more information, visit or call 724-745-8880. GUN BASH - Hosted by the Valley Inn VFD. Held at the Valley Inn VFD Social Hall. Doors open at 1:00 PM. Drawings start at 2:00 PM. $1,500 Grand Prize! $20.00 Donation. For more information, call 724-258-3100. RE-CREATION USA PERFORMANCE – First Presbyterian Church, 609 Chess Street, Monongahela, 6:30 p.m. DAN SCHALL MINISTRY CONCERT – Elizabeth Baptist Church, Elizabeth, 11 a.m. worship hour. Schall is from Zelienople, and his concerts include old hymns and gospel, bluegrass and country music along with stories of his life. For further information, call 412-384-6464.

FREE MEAL PROGRAM – Thomas Presbyterian Church, 1068 Linden Road, Venetia. First and third Thursdays each month, 5 – 6:30 p.m. Food and Friends Program. All are welcome. In the case of inclement weather, call Patti at 724-941-6609. EGYPT IN REVOLT PROGRAM – Monongahela Area Library, 7 p.m. Presented by Caitlin Blake Jones, who was in Egypt as a student during the ouster of longtime president Hosni Mubarak. For more information, call 724-258-5409.

OCTOBER 5 PLAY AUDITIONS – Bethel Park Community Center, 6:15–7:15 p.m. The Heritage Players is seeking actors ages 11–16 for Once upon a Mattress October 13–15 and 20–22 at 8 p.m. and October 16 and 23 at 2 p.m. at the Community Center. Tickets $12 for adults, $9 for students/ nseniors. For more information, visit or call 412-831-6800, ext. 745.

OCTOBER 6 FARMER’S MARKET – Pleasant Hills Community Presbyterian Church, 3:30 – 7 p.m. All proceeds benefit the Lions Club charitable works. Contact Roy Fowler with questions at 412-653-4121.

OCTOBER 6–8 FALL FESTIVAL – St. Anthony’s Festa lot, Monongahela, 6-11 p.m. Thursday and Friday and 4-11 p.m. Saturday. Parade will kick off the festival October 6 at 6 p.m. Mon Valley Volunteer Fire

Department and St. Anthony’s Church will host food booths, games and entertainment. Finleyville native, now Nashville recording artist, Sydney Hutchko will perform October 7. Oldies band Johnny Angel and the Halos will perform October 8 at 7 pm.

OCTOBER 7 AND 8 FLEA MARKET/BLOWOUT SALE – Brightwood Christian Church, 5044 West Library Avenue and Center Street, Bethel Park. October 7, 9 a.m.– 3 p.m.; October 8, 9 a.m.– 1 p.m. Everything is 75% off the already-low prices. Clothing, jewelry, toys, tools, china, crystal and more. For more information, visit

OCTOBER 7 APPLE/FALL FESTIVAL – Monongahela Valley Hospital Central Plaza and Anthony M. Lombardi Education and Conference Center, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Pepperoni rolls, funnel cakes, hot dogs, hot sausage, chicken salad, baked beans, coleslaw, apple dumplings. Crafts, candy, mums, pumpkins. For more information, call 724-258-1167. ART IN THE PARK - Chess Park, Monongahela. 4:00 - 8:00 PM Artists, Photographers, Yoga, Zumba, Handmade Crafts,Chair Massage, Card Readers, Live Drumming & More.For more information, call 724-328-2834 MONONGAHELA FARMERS' MARKET - Chess Park, Monongahela. 3:00 - 6:00 PM Fresh, local produce from Simmon's, Harden's and Volkar's Farms. Fall Harvest items also available. For more information, call 724-258-5905. PSYCHIC READINGS – Art in the Park (next to Farmer’s Market), Chess Park, Main Street, Monongahela, 2–8 p.m. Readings by Deborah and Felicia. SPOOKY SPECTACULAR - Mount Vernon of South Park. 6:00 - 8:00 PM. 12 and under. Halloween costume parade and trick or treating, refreshments, and games. RSVP by Friday, October 21 to 412-655-3535.

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FURRY FALL FESTIVAL – Pavilion and ball fields on Route 519. Sponsored by 84 Fitness Center. Social event for dogs (and their people); theme is “Pets for U.S. Vets.” Adults, $10; kids 12 and under and all dogs, free. Proceeds go to the Washington Area Humane Society veteran’s fund. For more information, call Suzi Smith at 412-2179059 and visit

FARMER’S MARKET – Pleasant Hills Community Presbyterian Church, 3:30 – 7 p.m. All proceeds benefit the Lions Club charitable works. Contact Roy Fowler with questions at 412-653-4121.

LOIS ORANGE DUCOEUR BREAST CANCER WALK – Registration, 9 a.m., Charleroi Market House, Charleroi. Two-mile walk begins at 10 a.m. For more information and ribbon order forms, visit FALL PURSE EXTRAVAGANZA - New Eagle VFD Ladies Auxiliary NEVFD Social Hall. Coach & Louis Vuitton handbags, plus a Cash Bash! Grand Prize $1,000!!! Doors open 5:00 PM. For more information, call 724-258-6379 WSO PICTURE THIS – Trinity High School, Washington. Demonstrates the connection between music and art. Tickets available at any branch of Washington Financial banks, Citizens Library in Washington, at the door and online. Call the WSO at 724-223-9796.

OCTOBER 9 BRINGING BACK THE FAMILY TABLE – Peters Township Public Library, 2–3 p.m. Liz Kanche from American HealthCare Group will discuss how to get your family together for this important meal and quick, nutritious recipes that you can serve. To register, email, or call 724-941-9430.

OCTOBER 14 MONONGAHELA FARMERS' MARKET - Chess Park, Monongahela. 3:00 - 6:00 PM Fresh, local produce from Simmon's, Harden's and Volkar's Farms. Fall Harvest items also available. For more information, call 724-258-5905.

OCTOBER 14 AND 15 FLEA MARKET – The First Presbyterian Church of Monongahela, corner of Chess and West Main. Held rain or shine, 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. Look for signs. CANDLELIGHT GHOSTWALK – Meet at the Monongahela Library parking lot, 7 p.m. (also October 21 and 22). Must make reservations by calling 724-258-6432. V.I.P Haunted Happenings House Tour each Saturday (18 years of age or older) includes the regular ghostwalk and tour, group discussion. $10 per person; VIP Tour, $25. GROUP HAYRIDES – Mingo Creek County Park, October 14, 5–8 p.m.; October 15, 6-8 p.m.; Picnic shelter and a fire circle offered for two hours before or after hayride. $50 per hayride. Hayrides book quickly; call 724-228-6867.

OCTOBER 15 HAM AND TURKEY SUPPER – Pigeon Creek Presbyterian Church, 45 Church Road, Eighty Four, 4 – 7 p.m. Donations are $10/adults and $5/children 10 and under. Take-outs are available. For more information, call 724-225-3431.

OCTOBER 10 GOLF OUTING – South Hills Country Club, 5th annual event sponsored by St. Thomas A’ Becket Parish, Jefferson Hills. Registration, 10 a.m.; lunch and Shotgun Start Team Shamble, 12:30 p.m. A single golf package is $185. Foursome and corporate foursome packages available. Cocktails and dinner, 5:30 p.m.; for non-golfers, dinner is $40 per person. Registration and sponsorship forms at

OCTOBER 11 VALLEY SENIORS CLUBS TRIPS – Hartville, Ohio, tribute to Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons; For more information, call Marlene at 724-258-3950.

OCTOBER 12 FREE ADULT FLU SHOTS – St. Francis of Assisi Finley Hall, 7–9 pm. Jefferson Hills Area Ambulance Service nurses and paramedics will administer shots at the NNCW meeting. Also November 9, same place and time. FINLEYVILLE VFD OPEN HOUSE - Finleyville Fire Station, 3562 Washington Ave.,Finleyville. 7:00 - 9:00 PM. Fun for the whole family. For more information,call 724-348-4220. FIRE DEPARTMENT OPEN HOUSE - Finleyville Volunteer Fire Dept. is inviting all area residents to attend this years "Open House" on Wednesday, October 12, from 7 - 9 PM. Open House is a fire education event for all ages. Firefighter will be demonstrating fire fighting and rescue equipment used by the firemen during emergency situations. Fore more information, call 724-348-4220

FREE CLOTHING GIVEAWAY – Church of Jesus Christ, 525 Sixth Street, Monongahela, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Also face painting for kids. CHAMBER CHASE 5K RUN/FUN WALK – 3rd Annual Event, Peterswood Park, Arrowhead Trail. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m.; race starts at 9 a.m. at the Peters Township Community Recreation Center. Entry fee is $18 if pre-registered by October 30 and $20 thereafter. For Race applications, call 724-941-6345 or register online at T-shirt sponsorship is available by contacting the chamber office. A HOLIDAY EXTRAVAGANZA - Hosted by the New Eagle VFD New Eagle VFD Social Hall, 156 Chess Street. Doors open at 6:00 PM, Drawings start at 7:00 PM. Win Money, Laptop, Big Screen TV, Personal Computer, and much more! For more information, call 724-258-2127 ANNUAL FALL FESTIVAL – Jefferson Hills Borough Municipal Building, 1–5 p.m. Fun for the entire family. Craft show, 25 vendors, children’s games, pumpkins, coloring contest, basket auctions, food, and bake sale. ICE CREAM PARLOR OPENING – Judeth Rose Victorian Ice Cream Parlor, 715 West Main Street, Monongahela. Old-fashioned, hand-packed ice cream cones, sundaes, floats, ice cream milkshakes, and signature Picket Fence Banana Split. Also Chicago-style hot dogs, hand-cut chips and fries, and hearty Italian-style beef sandwiches. Carry-out, limited delivery. Winter hours are 11 a.m. – 6 p.m., Monday – Sunday. ———————————————————————————————————————— 5

BARKTOBERFEST – Museum Building at South Park Fair Grounds, noon–5 p.m. Angel Ridge Animal Rescue’s festival for people and their dogs. Chinese auction, dog costume contest with prizes, bake sale, DJ all day, games and more. FIRE COMPANY OPEN HOUSE – Jefferson Hills 885 Volunteer Fire Company, 1–5 p.m. Live rescue demonstration, safety tips,. Try on firefighter gear, operate the fire extinguisher simulator, and meet local firefighters. Hot dogs, cookies, drinks. CHILDREN’S HARVEST FESTIVAL – Oliver Miller Homestead, South Park, 1:30–4:30 p.m. $2. Activities reflect pioneer heritage: corn cob toss, ducking for apples, tin punching, spinning, weaving, forging, churning butter, making church babies, writing with quill pens, corn crafts. For more information, call 412 835-1554.

OCTOBER 16 ZUMBATHON! - Sponsored by the Center for Fitness and Health,Mon Valley Hospital Health Care and Zumba Fitness. Held at the Willow Room, Mon-Vale HealthPLEX, $20.00 Donation. To register, call 724-379-2071.

OCTOBER 20 HALLOWEEN TRAIL – Canonsburg General Hospital’s Fitness Trail, 4 – 5:30 p.m. Free to children under 12. Children are invited to come dressed in their favorite costume and wander along the Fitness Trail to meet our many haunted hosts. In the event of inclement weather, the Halloween Trail will be held indoors. WOMEN OF SOUTHWESTERN PA SOCIAL PROGRAM – Bella Sera Event Venue, Canonsburg, 6 - 9 p.m. Presenter is Kathleen Ganster, professor of journalism, freelance reporter and avid supporter of the BeadforLife project, which gives the Ugandan women the opportunity to lift themselves from poverty. Dinner is $25. To register, call 724-969-0984. For more information, visit MON VALLEY YMCA OPEN HOUSE – Enjoy free exercise classes all day, including water exercise classes, Kinder Gym, and free family open swim times.Check the web site at for more information.



DANCING FOR A CAUSE – Sheraton Station Square, 6:30–8:00 p.m. Dance competition at 8 p.m.; entertainment and dancing until 11 p.m. Local celebrities, hometown heroes and concerned citizens will gather to raise funds to help fight child abuse with proceeds going to Watchful Shepherd USA, McMurray. For tickets or to become a sponsor online, visit For more information, call 724-941-3339.

SOUTHWESTERN PA RN CLUB MEETING – Hamilton Presbyterian Church, 4500 Baptist Road, Bethel Park, 9:30 a.m. Speakers are Dr. John Rozel and Mary Kay Rahuba, RN, MSN, CRNP. Topic is "Resolve Crisis Network.” All registered nurses are welcome.

MONONGAHELA FARMERS' MARKET - Chess Park, Monongahela. 3:00 - 6:00 PM Fresh, local produce from Simmon's, Harden's and Volkar's Farms. Fall Harvest items also available. For more information, call 724-258-5905.

OCTOBER 17 PARENTS WITHOUT PARTNERS DANCE – Brentwood VFD, Rt. 51 and Marylea, 8–11:30 p.m.Music of the 50s, 60s and 70s with D.J. Steve. Admission for PWP Members, $5; guests, $7. For information, contact Barb at 412-855-4308.



KIDS CAKE DECORATING CONTEST – Peters Township Public Library, 6:30 - 8 p.m. theme is “Happy Halloween.” Prizes awarded. $10-per-cake entry fee donated to the library. Entry forms should be dropped off at the library or The Pie Place. Call Kirsten at 412-576-0397.

GROUP HAYRIDES – Mingo Creek County Park, October 21, 5– 8 p.m.; October 22, 1-8 p.m. Wagon can accommodate 30 people per hour. Picnic shelter and a fire circle offered for two hours before or after hayride. $50 per hayride. Hayrides book quickly; call 724-228-6867.

OCTOBER 20–22 FALL BOOK SALE – South Park Township Community Center, 2575 Brownsville Road, across from Bavarian Village. October 20, 6–8 p.m.; October 21, 10 a.m.–7 p.m.; October 22, 10 a.m.–3 p.m. ($5-a-Bag Day).

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PLACES TO GO . . .THINGS TO SEE. . . STUFF TO DO . . . OCTOBER 21 AND 22 TROLLEY RAILS AND SPOOKY TALES – Pennsylvania Trolley Museum. Doors open at 6 p.m.; trolleys depart at 7 and 8 p.m. Includes a ride on the “Cobweb Shuttle,” treats, and a Lego city display. For more information call 724-2289256 or visit

OCTOBER 21-23 PA ARTS AND CRAFTS CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL – Washington County Fairgrounds. Over 200 booths. Trolley rides available from PA Trolley Museum (

OCTOBER 22 MYSTERY DINNER THEATER – Valley Inn VFD Auxiliary at the Valley Inn Social Hall, 7:30 p.m. $25 . Call 724-258-2180 for more information.

shots sponsored by The Mon River Fleet PA State Health Improvement Plan PartnerSHIPs, McKeesport Hospital Foundation, UPMC McKeesport, UPMC Health Plan and your local EMS. For more information, call 412-384-5599. SERVICE PERSONNEL DINNER CRUISE – Gateway Clipper Fleet. The Empress will pick up attendees at the Aquatorium Dock at 6:30 p.m.; cruise ends at 9:30 p.m. Mon Valley Area Chamber of Commerce hosts to show its support to the local fire departments, EMS providers, and police.$65 To RSVY, call Dorothea Pemberton at 724-2585919. AUTUMN DANCE – Skyview #4 Fire Hall, West Mifflin. $13 a person or $25 a couple and includes a buffet, beer, mixers (BYOB). Door prizes and a 50/50 raffle. For reservations, call 412-205-3378.

FRANK SINATRA AND FRIENDS SHOW – St. Francis of Assisi Church, Finleyville, Finley Hall, 7–11 p.m. Dinner, dancing, entertainment and a roast beef dinner, all for $30. BYOB and mixers. For reservations, call Kathy at 724-348-0504 or visit For your convenience, mass will be held at 6 p.m. at the church.

GREAT FALL ROADSIDE LITTER CLEANUP – South Park Township Community Center, 9 a.m. (for registration, assignments, supplies). For more information, contact Dave Buchewicz at or 412-833-8025.

HOLIDAY VENDOR/CRAFT SHOW – New Hope Assembly of God, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Over 30 vendors. Free. Hot food and bake sale. FREE flu

PANCAKE AND SAUSAGE BREAKFAST– Mingo Creek Presbyterian Church, Rt. 88, Finleyville, 8 a.m. to noon. Cost is $5/adults and $2/children 12 years and under.

OCTOBER 23 VENDOR/CRAFT SHOW – American Legion Post 380, 51 Duquesne Avenue, Dravosburg, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. FALL CRAFT SHOW – South Park Fairgrounds, Home Economics Building, 10 a.m.–4 p.m. South Park Woman’s Club annual event. Great crafts, food, baked goods and raffles. OCTOBER 24 FINLEYVILLE HALLOWEEN PARADE Washington Ave., Finleyville. Line up: 6:30 PM Parade starts: 7:00 PM Fun for the whole family!

OCTOBER 24–29 SCHOLASTIC BOOK FAIR – Monongahela Area Library, Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m.–7 p.m.; Friday, 11 a.m.–5 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Sponsored by Friends of Monongahela Area Library. For more information, call 724-258-5409.

OCTOBER 25 HARLEM WIZARDS VS. RINGGOLD RAMS – Ringgold High School, 7 p.m. Advance tickets are $8 at, Ringgold High School Athletic Office or Thread ‘n Palette, Bethel Park. Tickets are $12 at the gate.

OCTOBER 26 HALLOWEEN PARADE – presented by Monongahela Area Chamber of Commerce. Line up at Chess Park at 6 p.m. Parade starts at 6:30 p.m. Preliminary judging on Third Street, final judging at the Aquatorium. Entry forms available at the Chamber of Commerce Office, Dorothea’s Boutique, Charleroi Federal Savings Bank or Chaney’s Natural Wellness. PAW-O-WEEN - Monongahela Woman’s Club is sponsoring a “Paw-o-ween” Parade Registration is at 3rd Street with a $5.00 donation fee and a can of pet food that will be donated to our local animal shelter. The parade will begin at noon. Call Judy at 724-565-4800.

OCTOBER 27 HALLOWEEN PSYCHIC FAIR – The Chapel of Oneness, 345 Regis Avenue, West Mifflin, 10 a.m.– 4 p.m. Readers will dress in costume, and newest reader Karen will read runes. Metaphysical creations and crafts made by other readers. For a $5 donation, you will receive lunch. For further information, contact Rachael Slifko at 412-7704961.

OCTOBER 28 HARVEST FEST – South Hills Assembly of God, 2725 Bethel Church Road, Bethel Park, 6 p.m.–9 p.m. Free! Games, laser tag, pumpkin patch, face painting, food and candy for kids 5th grade and under. All children must be registered; register that evening or go to, then click on Ministries, Kids, then on the left, Harvest Fest 2011 Child Registration. For more information, call 412-835-8900 or visit

MONONGAHELA FARMERS' MARKET - Chess Park, Monongahela. 3:00 - 6:00 PM Fresh, local produce from Simmon's, Harden's and Volkar's Farms. Fall Harvest items also available. For more information, call 724-258-5905.

OCTOBER 28-29 GROUP HAYRIDES – Mingo Creek County Park, October 28, 5– 8 p.m.; October 29, 1-8 p.m. $50 per hayride. Call 724-228-6867. TROLLEY RAILS AND SPOOKY TALES – Pennsylvania Trolley Museum. Doors open at 6 p.m.; trolleys depart at 7 and 8 p.m. Tickets sold on a first-come first-served basis. Includes a ride on the “Cobweb Shuttle,” treats, and a Lego city display. Children can choose and decorate a pumpkin. For more information call 724-2289256 or visit

OCTOBER 29 ALL OLDIES ONLY OLDIES – Stockdale Fire Department, 8 p.m. – midnight. $10; BYOE (bring your own everything [food, liquid refreshments]) affair. For reservations, call 724-938-7950. OPEN SOLO PERFORMANCE AUDITIONS – Washington Crown Center, 11 a.m. For the “Wake Up Your Dreams Finale Night” at California University of Pennsylvania Main Theater. Winners fwill compete at the finale night on November 19 at 7 p.m. Any high school student from Washington County can compete. For more information, call 724-228-0414.

OCTOBER 29 AND 30 YMCA MULTI-FAMILY FLEA MARKET – Mon Valley YMCA from 7 a.m. – 1 p.m.. We will also be selling many items in an effort to raise money to purchase new toys for the Y’s First Friends and Day Care programs. Tables are availables to members for $10/table. Please call 724-4838077. PA ARTS AND CRAFTS CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL – Washington County Fairgrounds. Over 200 booths. Trolley rides available from PA Trolley Museum ( OCTOBER 30 HALLOWEEN SKATE - Valley Skating Center, Donora Industrial Park,590 Galiffa Drive, Donora. 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM. Wear your costume! Win Prizes! For more information, call 724-379-6700.

OCTOBER 31 TRICK-OR-TREAT – Pleasant Hills Borough, 6 - 8 p.m. Happy Halloween.

NOVEMBER 5 CRAFT SHOW – Mon Valley School, 555 Lewis Run Road, Jefferson Hills, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Currently accepting applications for crafters/vendors. All proceeds benefit student activities. For more information, call 412-469-2551.

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Chess Street Resident Cites Neighboring House as a Lead-Based Paint Hazard Dear Editor, There is a house located on Chess Street in Monongahela four feet from mine that has tested positive for lead-based paint—14 times the federal legal limit to be exact. The contractor working on the house is not lead certified, and although the city of Monongahela knows this they are continuing to allow him to remove windows that tested positive for the lead. They are allowing him to remodel the inside with no permits. The contractor doing the work assaulted me on September 8 on my own property. He pushed me from behind, causing me to almost hit the side of my house, and then he stood on my bare foot while wearing work boots and ground his foot into mine. I ended up in the emergency room. My foot is not broken, but I could have possible tendon and/or ligament damage. We were on Channel 4 Action News Friday, September 9 for the lead-based paint results. Mr. Paul Van Osdol verified the results as well as the Head Lead Inspector for Washington County. The Head Lead Inspector said, “That is a dangerously high level of lead-based paint. That property is to be posted “Lead Abatement Project,” and all the proper procedures should be taken such as having a lead certified contractor do the work, sealing all windows and doors, installing plastic from the top of the roof to the ground, notifying all neighbors, and obtaining all necessary permits.” We have told the code officers this as well as the mayor. All of them are ignoring federal laws regarding lead abatement projects. They are allowing the owner to continue to put everyone's lives at risk within a three-block radius. The citizens of this house need to know what kind of health hazard this house is—not to mention the black mold in the house that has already made my daughter ill. -Tara Wateska, Monongahela

Former UT Resident Asks for Supervisor’s Resignation Dear Editor, At the November 8, 2010 meeting of Union Township Supervisors, Larry Spahr made a motion to have legal action taken against delinquent residents that had yet tapped into the sewage system. Yet, Mr. Spahr maintains a septic system and refuses to tap in since sewage was installed in front of his house. Mr. Spahr should resign immediately, and the township solicitor should take action against him retro to when sewage was installed. Sounds like Mr. Sphar is only out for his personal gain and puts Union Township second. -John Marflak, formerly of Union Township, Livingston, TX

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Finleyville Resident Requests Truckers Steer Clear of Finley-Elrama Road Dear Editor, I want to complain about the trucks on Finley-Elrama Road using their jake brakes on the hill where the township building is. This is a residential area with many children living on the hill. Why hasn’t the state or township posted any signs to disallow the use of engine brakes on this hill? Trucks at all hours of the day or night speed until they get to the top of the hill then jake brake all the way down. I am sure I am not the only one that has complained about this. Someone needs to do something. It's been going on way too long. Some of these truckers’ trucks are loud, anyway, yet when they use their engine brake it increases the noise tremendously. Maybe the trucks should take Route 51 to access toll road 43 instead of using Finley-Elrama Road. That would solve a lot of problems caused by noisy, speeding truckers. -Jerry W., Finleyville

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Annual Monongahela Ghost Walk Expanded By Ken Askew

How would you react if a ghost in your house called your name? As part of the 14th annual Monongahela Haunted Happenings House Tour, you can talk to someone who experienced this phenomenon. In addition to the customary 13-house walking tour to see the exterior of local haunted houses on West Main Street in Monongahela, a VIP tour In front of their haunted house, homeowners Christine has been added this year. Somales and Tom Sultis are flanked by tour guides Susan The 2-hour regular tour, Bowers (left) and Carol Frye (right). narrated by costumed guides, starts from the Monongahela Library (813 West Main Street) parking lot at 7:00 p.m. on October 14 and 21 (Fridays). The same regular tour is also conducted on October 15 and 22 (Saturdays), but on those days you can also join a VIP tour, which immediately follows the regular tour. The VIP tour will take you inside a haunted house (built in 1873) in which you can roam the rooms where real ghostly activities have occurred since the current residents bought the house in March 2010. The homeowners will provide beverages and “hor’ror d’oeuvres” prepared by Christine Somales, who has a culinary arts degree, is a certified chef, and teaches cooking classes; her “gore-met” delicacies will tantalize your palate. Dr. Tom Sultis, professor of sociology at a local college, who has lectured on different cultural death rituals, will describe the ghostly happenings in their house and lead a group discussion. Christine and Tom have heard ghosts speaking, smelled them, seen them, and were startled by digging sounds in their yard at 1:30 a.m. They characterize the ghosts’ manner as not intimidating or threatening, but instead affable, much more like Casper the Friendly Ghost. The regular tours are limited to curiosity seekers aged 10 and up (maximum 100 per night). The VIP tour is only for devotees of the occult aged 18 and up (maximum 30 per night). This event sells out fast every year. Reservations can be made by calling 724-258-6432. Payment of $10 per person for the regular tour is due on arrival at the library; a combination regular & VIP tour costs $25. All proceeds benefit the Monongahela Area Historical Society, so they can take on less scary things like the rent and utilities at their facility at 230 West Main Street.

Local Visiting Angels Participate in Walk to End Alzheimer’s Visiting Angels Washington PA/Pittsburgh West participated in the Walk to End Alzheimer’s on Saturday, September 24 at Peterswood Park in Venetia. They raised over $300 to fund research and raise awareness of the disease. Visiting Angels’ offices across the country participated in the Walk to End Alzheimer’s, the nation’s largest event to raise awareness and funds to fight Alzheimer’s disease. Corporate-wide, over 1,000 employees of Visiting Angels participated and raised over $36,000 by participating in the Walk to End Alzheimer’s.

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Rope Now Secures Elizabeth Barge The Elizabeth Barge at Riverfront Park has a new look and is now a much safer place to fish thanks to barge rope donated by one of the local barge companies and a few concerned citizens of Elizabeth who worked to secure the barge. The barge area is now secured by heavy rope, whereas in the past some sections were open to the water. The Barge at Elizabeth is a prime fishing spot for many, as it’s easily accessible, child-friendly, and handicapped accessible. Flathead and Channel catfish, Sauger, Blue Gill, Crappie; white, smallmouth, largemouth, and spotted bass; brown trout; and occasionally even Muskellunge, Saugeye, and Walleye have found their way to fishermen's lines at this spot. From the days when Monongahela River aquatic life was near death from industrial pollution, it has been good for local fishermen to see its health return.

Billy Erbertshauser (back) and Joseph Kuzma take Kuzma's daughter Chelsea for an afternoon of fishing on the “Mon.” Chelsea is learning fishing skills while spending quality time with her Dad.

Monongahela Sets Halloween Parade The Monongahela Area Chamber of Commerce will sponsor the annual Halloween Parade on Wednesday, October 26th. The Ringgold High School Marching Ram Band will be featured. Entry forms for those wishing to participate in the judging are available at Dorothea’s Boutique, Charleroi Federal Savings Bank, or the Chamber Office at 212 West Main Street. All entry forms should be returned to those respective locations by the deadline of Friday, October 21. Individuals, groups, floats, mini-floats, scouts and schools wishing to be judged should submit a completed form by this date. For the mini-float category, each mini-float must have one person on board. All vehicles in the parade must have a Halloween theme, or be pulling a float. Strict limitations will be enforced along the parade route including: no dirt bikes, motorcycles or quads. Preliminary judging will take place at the reviewing stand at Third and Main Street. To be eligible for prize money, you must report to the Aquatorium for final judging. Cash prizes will be awarded to finalists. Line up is at 6:00 p.m. in Chess Park. The parade begins promptly at 6:30 p.m. Monetary donations for the parade are now being accepted and may be mailed to the Monongahela Chamber office, 212 West Main Street, Monongahela. For more information, please call 724-258-5919.

Heritage Players Hold Auditions The Heritage Players will hold auditions for its Children’s Holiday Play on October 5 from 6:15–7:15 p.m. at the Bethel Park Community Center, 5151 Park Avenue. The group is seeking actors ages 11–16. The Heritage Players will perform the musical Once upon a Mattress October 13–15 and 20–22 at 8 p.m. and October 16 and 23 at 2 p.m. at the Bethel Park Community Center. Tickets are $12 for adults, $9 for students/seniors. For more information, visit or call 412-831-6800, ext. 745.

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Revolutionary War Weekend at Oliver Miller Homestead

By Miranda Startare

Re-Creation, a renowned acting troupe from Penn State University consisting of college-aged students, will perform at the First Presbyterian Church of Monongahela on October 2nd at 6:30 p.m. Every year, the professional group of actors delivers free dynamic Broadway-style performances at veterans hospitals. They have performed over 4,000 shows in all 50 states since its creation in Members of the Penn State acting troupe, Re-Creation, 1976 by then Professor Hugh will be performing October 2nd at First Presbyterian Brooks. Church in Monongahela. Each new touring season of Re-Creation introduces a new troupe of actors and stage show. This year marks the group’s 35th anniversary. Re-Creation will be performing locally for the veterans at Aspinwall Veterans Hospital. However, their performance at First Presbyterian Church will be open to the public. The church is located at 609 Chess St. in Monongahela. Everyone is invited to attend the free event and enjoy what is expected to be a memorable experience.

Monongahela Women’s Club Hosts “Paw-oween” Parade Monongahela Woman's Club is sponsoring a "Paw-o-ween" Parade on Saturday, October 29 in Monongahela. Registration is at 3rd Street with a $5.00 donation fee and a can of pet food that will be donated This puppy shows off a stunning costume for to our local animal shelter. The the Paw-o-ween Parade. parade will begin at noon and end at Chess Park with each pet walking the "runway" to be judged as to the scariest, most unique, and prettiest. Prizes will be awarded. Dress up your pet and join us. Anyone with questions can call Judy at 724-565-4800.

Harry Dobroski shows the cartridge bag used to Noel Moebs.

Walt and Kathy Cormack are long-time members of the 8th Pennsylvania Regiment.

Bruce Garber, commander of the 8th Pennsylvania Regiment, and Fred Bowman, President of the Oliver Miller Homestead Associates, meet to plan the day's events.

John Kiselica brought his display of 18th century weaponry.

Members of the Oliver Miller Homestead Association hosted the 8th Pennsylvania Revolutionary War reenactment group on the weekend of September 17 and 18. The 8th PA demonstrated the daily life of a soldier and displayed exhibits of weaponry, medicine and cooking. Visit our website at for more photos from this event.

Mark Your Calendar for Saint Francis of Assisi Blood Drive Saint Francis of Assisi will hold its blood drive on Wednesday, October 5, from 1 to 6:30 pm at St. Francis of Assisi Finley Hall, 3609 Washington Avenue, Finleyville, just off Route 88 across the parking Lot from the new church. To schedule your life-saving appointment, please call Kate Pitzer at 724-348-5361. Walk-ins will be welcomed. Please bring ID with you on the day of the blood drive. Proper ID is required to donate blood; a Central Blood Bank or military ID, driver’s license, or passport are all approved forms of ID. A birth certificate and picture ID that includes the donor’s full name will also be accepted.

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Mon Valley YMCA Invites All to Feel the Rhythm of Latin Dance With October Workshop The Mon Valley YMCA is holding a Latin Dance Workshop on Saturday, October 15 from 11:30 a.m. -1:30 p.m. In this workshop, participants will learn two dances, salsa and bachata. Salsa is a dance style associated with the salsa style of music now popular worldwide. The music fuses a number of Cuban and other Latin American musical styles with one of the more popular songs being “Livin’ La Vida Loca.” Salsa dancing is done on an eight-beat count, with dancers moving on three beats, pausing for one beat, dancing for three beats, and pausing for one beat. Bachata is a style of dance that originated in the Dominican Republic and is danced widely all over the world, probably because it is so easy to learn. The basics to the dance are three-step with a Cuban hip motion, followed by a hip tap on the 4th beat. Instructors for this workshop are Jeff and Colleen Shirey, school teachers by day, salsa dancers by night. They discovered salsa over a decade ago while listening to a Latin band at a Pittsburgh nightclub. They have been hooked on the music and dance ever since. What started out as a hobby has developed into a passion and second vocation. Operating under the trade name Salsa Pittsburgh, Jeff and Colleen teach group and private lessons and update the information for , a website dedicated to salsa dancing in

Jeff and Colleen Shirey will be running the Lating Dance Workshop held at the Mon Valley YMCA on October 15.

Pittsburgh. They also have participated in the “Dancing with the Celebrities of Pittsburgh” event for the past four years. Latin American music and dances has captivated the world with their unique rhythm and dance routines. Most of the time, these ballroom dances are used as a therapeutic exercise for those who want to love to dance and at the same to those who want to stay fit. For those interested in registering, please call the Mon Valley YMCA at 724-483-8077.

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The Washington County Department of Parks & Recreation will offer group hayrides this fall in Mingo Creek County Park on Fridays and Saturdays, October 14-15, 21-22, and 28-29. The Friday evening hayrides scheduled for October 14, 21 and 28 are available 5â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 8 p.m. Hayrides scheduled for Saturday, October 15 are available 6-8 p.m. Hayrides scheduled for Saturday, October 22 and 29 are available 1-8 p.m. Hayrides are approximately 50 minutes in length. The haywagon can accommodate approximately 30 people per hour. The use of a picnic shelter and a fire circle for two hours before or after the scheduled hayride is also provided. The cost is $50 per hayride. Call 724-228-6867 for available times and information about scheduling a hayride in Mingo Creek County Park. Mingo Creek Park is located 12 miles east of Washington off of Route 136.

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Lewis and Clark Heritage Trail Foundation Hosts Annual John Walker Dinner The Monongahela River Chapter of the Lewis and Clark Heritage Trail Foundation held their annual John Walker Dinner on Thursday, August 25, at Rockwell's Red Lion Restaurant in Elizabeth. The dinner precedes the Lewis and Clark Festival each year and celebrates Elizabeth's rich heritage of boatbuilding “where it all began” for the historic Lewis and Clark Expedition. Attendees enjoyed an historic entree, period entertainment, and Dick Gaetano’s presentation of The Boats that Made the Trip, highlighting the building of the boats used in the Discovery Expedition as well as footage from when reenactors brought the boats to Elizabeth for the Lewis and Clark Bicentennial in August 2003. The Monongahela River Chapter celebrates Lewis and Clark’s presence in Elizabeth and also provides excellent information on the Lewis and Clark Expedition itself. The Monongahela River Chapter of the Lewis and Clark Heritage Trail Foundation is open to all interested in Lewis and Clark history. PHOTOS BY ALICE HARRIS ———————————————————————————————————————— 13

Washington County Fair Crowns New Queen, Gives Out Scores of Awards By Alice Harris

The Washington County Fair was held the week of August 13-20 at the Washington County Fairgrounds in Washington, PA. The 2011 Fair theme was “From the Farm Gate to the Dinner Plate.” The Fair opened with the annual Fair Queen contest. Elizabeth Leasure was crowned 2011 Queen while Lena Bioni was crowned 2011 Princess. Large crowds turned out to enjoy the extensive activities, agriculture, education, and just plain fun that the Washington County Fair provides.

Elizabeth Councilwoman Paula Stevens, Mayor David Householder, and Ann Malady show the print “Lewis and Clark in Elizabeth,” a gift to Malady from her brother.

Everyone always enjoys the variety of fair foods offered by the vendors.

The rides were just opening as the crowd began to arrive anticipating an evening of fun.


Chapter members who make it all happen are Thom Jones and Martha Bradley. Bradley just got out of the hospital fromsurgery and made everyone’s' evening with her presence. Monongahela River Chapter members (lr) Richard Gaetano, Lorna Haynesworth, Thom Jones, Martha and John Dzima, Arlene Falvo, Ed Falvo, and Sally and Quinton Shaner had a great time at the annual John Walker dinner.

Visit our website at for more photos from this event.

MACC Invites All to Participate to Win $3, 000 Cash The Monongahela Area Chamber of Commerce (MACC) is currently hosting a fundraiser for Fall Chamber Events. Donation is $20 for 4 numbers that play on the PA Daily Lottery for Wednesday, October 26, 2011. The prize is $3,000 in cash. All Chamber Members are ask to sell at least two tickets. If everyone works together, we will reach our goal. Please call the office at 724 – 258 – 5919 to make arrangements to get your tickets.

From pigs, cows, horses, and rabbits, to candy, flowers, vegetables, chickens, tractors, crafts, 4-H and more!! Many ribbons and premiums were awarded for the excellent entries this year. Pictured are the grain entries.


Melissa Sarnicke models as part of the competition for the Washington County Fair Queen competition.

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2nd Annual Ken Wiltz Big Wheel Race “Rolls” at the Mon Valley YMCA

The 2011 “Fastest Team” winners, (l-r) John Kirk, Jeff Kirk, and Robert Crall, pose with their trophy at the 2nd Annual Ken Wiltz Big Wheel Race held at the Mon Valley YMCA.

Ken Wiltz: The race is held in his honor.

Ready to go at the starting line, racers listen to instructions as the race begins.

By Alice Harris

The 2nd Annual Ken Wiltz Big Wheel Race was held at the Mon Valley YMCA on Saturday, August 28 at 4 pm. Modeled after the San Francisco Big Wheel Race in California, participants 18 years and older lined up to race 3-wheelers down the steep drive leading to the YMCA. The danger and speed of the ride were a great part of the fun. A $5 donation to enter the race benefited the Monongahela Area Chamber of Commerce and the YMCA. Prizes were given for the Most Original Vehicle, the Craziest Costume, and the Fastest Team. Everyone enjoyed a fun evening with all the riders surviving uninjured.

Auxiliary Hosts Apple/Fall Festival October 7 The Auxiliary of MonVale Health Resources, Inc., will host its popular annual Apple/Fall Festival on Friday, October 7, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Monongahela Valley Hospital campus. The event, which is open to the public, will be held in both the hospital’s outdoor Central Plaza and indoors at the Anthony M. Lombardi Education and Conference Center. A variety of foods will The Auxiliary of Mon-Vale Resources, Inc., includes (l-r) Ruth be served in each location. Antonelli, president; Lillian Nard, co-chairperson, Ways and In the plaza near the founMeans Committee and Dorothy Paterline, chairperson, tain, guests may purchase Ways and Means Committee. pepperoni rolls, funnel cakes and iced tea; indoors at the ECC, the menu includes hot dogs, hot sausage on a hard roll, Southwestern grilled chicken salad, barbecued baked beans, coleslaw, apple dumplings and iced tea. The Auxiliary will sell crafts that members have created and vendors will be selling gifts and candy. Mums, pumpkins and other fall décor will also be sold. Proceeds are used to benefit patient care at Monongahela Valley Hospital. For more information, call the Gift Shop at 724-258-1167.

Linda and Jim Beattie kept everyone on top of the race, while providing music in between.

This year’s racers included #3 Matt Osterwise, #1 Shaun Zeppenfeld, #10 Jeff Kirk, #9 John Kirk, #2 Andrew Lawniczak, #4 Timothy Cathers, #5 Michael Chaney, #8 Robert Crall, #7 Robert Matay, and #6 Doug Wible. Anyone wishing to compete in the 2012 Big Wheel Race Race has a year to get his or her costume together, racing skills up to snuff, and three-wheel vehicle ready to roll! Visit our website at for more photos from this event.

South Hills Friends of the Montour Trail Wants Your Pennies! Penny Day is the primary fundraiser for the South Hills Friends of the Montour Trail. Help us maintain and If you see one of these signs, stop and donate improve the Montour Trail. On your pennies at the location. Proceeds will benefit South Hills Friends of the Montour Trail. Saturday, October 8 between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m., bring your pennies to the trail locations where you see these signs; in South Park Township along Piney Fork Road, on Gill Hall Road in Jefferson Hills and at the Montour Trail terminus at State Street (Route 837) in Clairton. The South Hills Friends of the Montour Trail is a group of individuals interested in the maintenance, improvement and promotion of 11 miles of Montour Trail from Library (Milepost 35.3) to Clairton (Milepost 46.3). Regular meetings of the Friends are held on the second Wednesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at the South Park Township Community Center, located behind the Township Building. The October meeting will be held on Wednesday, October 12, and the November meeting will be held on November 9. Individuals interested in the Montour Trail are encouraged to attend. Additional information concerning the trail may be obtained on the Montour Trail website at Activities concerning the entire Montour Trail and links to the sites of other western Pennsylvania trails are also posted on the website.

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Charity Events Honored 9-11 Victim Ken Waldie By J.R. Brower

Johnny's Drive-In Owner Mickey Curry and Cruise Club Vice President Nancy Halt tend to customers in the front diner.

Lisa Walker (front) and Megan Dodds, aka “Thelma and Louise,” try out one of the convertibles at the cruise. They are cooks at Johnny’s Drive-In.

By Mike Ference

Looking for a change of pace on a Tuesday night? Look no further than the car cruise at Johnny’s Drive-In on Route 837 in West Elizabeth, home of the famous Monster Burger. Plenty of memories are relived and shared every Tuesday night from 5-10 pm, weather permitting. “We started with less than a handful of cars in June, and it’s grown to 25 to 30 vintage and street cars, including Howard, Darlene, and Charlie Fleming show Thunderbirds, Mustangs, pick-ups, and off their 1949 New Yorker. even an occasional 1914 Model T Ford or a 1940 Willy’s Overland,” John Lennex proudly explains. A 73-year-old Mon City boy, Lennex is president and founder of the Cruise Club and shares organizing duties with Ronnie Mathis. Mathis alternates between bringing his 2006 Mustang GT convertible or his 1951 Ford to the weekly event. Cruise fans show up from all areas up and down the Mon. “We share memories of the legendary Porky Chadwick as well as stories from our high school dances Ron Mathis (left), John Lennex and John Derr at the old fire halls and VFWs,” Mathis shoot the breeze and hang out with club mascot adds. Lennox credits Mike Kelly, generPrincess, who is decked out in black and gold. al manager of All Crane, which sits down the road from Johnny’s Drive In, with taking the Tuesday Night Car Cruise to the next level. “All Crane sponsors our car cruise, and the sponsorship pays for DJ Don Copa to spin the hits from the 50s and 60s. Kelly even printed flyers that were distributed at other car cruises. This really helped build our crowd, many who are now regulars,” says Halt. Mickey Curry, owner of Johnny’s Drive-In, offers half-price hamburgers, hot dogs and ice cream cones during the cruise. Also, every driver receives a complimentary placard to add to their collection. The club even has its own mascot, Princess, a Cocker Spaniel, who comes to the cruises dressed in Steelers black and gold. “We expect to have the Tuesday night car cruise until sometime in October. Everyone is welcome,” said Lennox. “Especially if you’ve never tasted a Monster Burger.” PHOTOS BY MIKE FERENCE

Within the last month, two events have been held to honor the memory of Bethel Park native Ken Waldie, who died on Flight 11, the first plane that hit the World Trade Center on the morning of September 11, 2001. The two charity events included the Ken Waldie Memorial Golf Outing in Peters Township and the 9-11 Heroes Run at the South Park Fairgrounds. Both events raised money for a scholarship fund that honors his legacy. Waldie, a Class of 1973 graduate of Bethel Park High School, worked for Raytheon Corporation, and a lastminute scheduling change put him on the fateful flight from Boston to New York He won many awards in his life, at his job, during his five-year stint in the Navy and during his educational years that included the United States Naval Academy and Northwestern University, where he received his master’s degree and graduated first in his class. “His life touched many people,” said his friend Steve McGinnis, as was preparing to tee off at the golf outing at Scenic Valley Golf Club in Peters Township. A total of 72 golfers at the event raised over $1,000 for their Ken Waldie Scholarship Program designed to help hard-working high school students from Bethel Park go to college. McGinnis was best man at Ken Waldie’s wedding to Carol, who also attended the golf outing. She was, and is, very proud of her husband, as are their four children, Andrew, Jeffrey, Jonathon and Meredith. On the 10th anniversary of the ultimate tragedy that forever changed the

Friends of Ken Waldie, who was onboard the first plane that hit the World Trade Center on 9-11, who attended the golf outing included D.J. Wilson, John Winslow, Mark Edwards and Steve McGinnis.

world, Waldie was honored again at the 9-11 Heroes Run in South Park. This nationally celebrated annual event brings communities together throughout the country to honor the sacrifices of all the heroes of 9-11, including veterans, first responders and civilians. McGinnis spoke in remembrance of Waldie, whose sister Rachel Miller and niece Kate Wrenshall attended. Part of the monies raised from the run went to the Ken Waldie Memorial Foundation. He noted that each year since the tragedy happened, BPHS classmate Kim Sylvis Tuza has been instrumental in coordinating events, raising funds and developing the website honoring Ken Waldie. The 10th Anniversary of 9-11 in Honor of Ken Waldie event will be held on October 15 at 6 p.m. at the Jugo Slav Club, Bertha Street and Pennsylvania Avenue, Bethel Park. More information on the dinner event and the incredible life and patriotic sacrifice of Waldie can be found on the website. Contributions can be mailed directly to The Ken Waldie Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 162, Bethel Park, PA 15102.

Over 250 people from all over the tri-state area participated in the 5K 9-11 Heroes Run at the South Park Fairgrounds.

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South Park Woman’s Club Hosts Fall Craft Show Sunday, October 23 marks the date of South Park Woman’s Club’s Fall Craft Show, its main fundraiser, held at the Home Economics Building at the South Park Fairgrounds. Come to enjoy great food and baked goods, too. We are selling raffle tickets to benefit the craft show: two hockey tickets with parking pass to see the Pittsburgh Penguins vs. St. Louis Blues, Wednesday, November 23 at 7 p.m., Captain Morgan’s Club, Section 111. We also are raffling an entertainment & service package, gift cards, products and services for restaurants, hair, manicures, tanning, boarding and more ($1,000+ value). Winning numbers will be taken from the 7 p.m. PA Daily Lottery first drawing on October 23. Only 500 tickets will be sold for a $5 donation for each ticket. We are seeking interested crafters. If you have a unique, homemade craft and would like to participate, call Kathy at 412-833-1266. The South Park Woman’s Club is a very active organization with 80 members. It is involved with charity and community work, and the club’s community projects include a scholarship for a deserving member of South Park High School’s Interact Club and also a spring and fall semester scholarship for a woman resident of South Park at the Community College of Allegheny County. For more information, contact Membership Chairman Lilas Soukup at 412-854-3762.

McMurray Art League Offers Fall Classes McMurray Art League will offer fall classes at its studio in McDowell Shoppes, McMurray Road. Classes include Portraits by Peggi Habets, October 4 and 11; beginner classes, Sue Pollins, October 5 and 12; Watercolor Bookmaking, Pat Buckley, October 15; Watercolors, Bill Verscak, October 18 and 25; and Watercolors, Barry Jeter, November 1 and 8. For more information, call Ginny Swartz at 412-835-8081 or go to

Jefferson Hills Fire Company to Host Community Open House By Charlotte Hopkins

As National Fire Prevention Week is celebrated from October 9-15, Jefferson Hills 885 Volunteer Fire Company wants to share its significance with the community. On Saturday, Jefferson Hills 885 Volunteer Fire Company October 15, the fire compacelebrates Fire Prevention Week. ny will host a Community Open House from 1-5 p.m. Firefighters will show a live rescue demonstration and offer fire safety tips, as well as a lesson in “stop, drop and roll.” A burn trailer will be on hand to display simulated fire situations. Teens and adults can try on firefighter gear and operate the fire extinguisher simulator. Bring the children for rides in the fire truck, to snack on hot dogs, cookies and drinks, and, of course, to meet their local firefighters!

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Ringgold Junior Samantha Middlemiss sings for the Community Day audience.

The girls look way too happy with this lost puppy. If it happens to be yours, call Brittany Shaffer at (724) 344-6502.

Finleyville Community Day Gets Better Every Year By Paul Chasko

Finleyville Community Day was spectacular – so much to see and do, and the weather was great. It seems that folks in our local area needn’t travel very far from home to enjoy the good food, fun, games, crafts and companionship that comes with summer and fall festivals. The Monongahela Police were on hand to see that traffic was controlled in light of the closure of Marion Avenue, where most of the festival booths were set up. The Finleyville Volunteer Fire Department displayed their emergency vehicles so kids and parents could have a closer look at the complex vehicles and tools use by our volunteer firefighters. The opening ceremonies honored the victims and heroes of the 9-11 terrorist attacks as well as our local emergency volunteers. The day began at the Veterans’ Memorial in front of the Finleyville Community Center. The Mon Valley Honor Guard placed a ceremonial wreath at the Memorial followed by playing of Taps and a salute fired by the Guard. Retired Army Reserve Colonel David Lasardi, who was deployed to Iraq as part of the war on terror, spoke from firsthand experience on the sacrifices made by our deployed troops and their families. Colonel Lasardi said, “Deployment may be more difficult on one’s family than on the service member himself.” He also reminded us that, “All of us are busy, and it’s easy to get wrapped up in the events of our own lives so that we forget that others are sacrificing for our freedom – do not let this happen. Many of those serving were reared in solid American communities like Finleyville. Our military families deserve our recognition and our thanks for the sacrifices and heartache they endure every day.” The opening cere-

Time out for a snack.

Opening ceremony took place on the lawn of the Finleyville Community Center.

mony was somber but fitting. The remainder of the day was fun, with entertainment and good food. On stage at the Community Center was our local brass band “Too Many Tubas,” Ringgold student and singer Samantha Middlemiss, guitar soloist Nathan Townsend and Fiena and other entertainers. The Pizza Eating Contest was pretty entertaining as well – a great community event. Hats off to all who took part in putting the day together. PHOTOS BY RON PUDLOWSKI AND PAUL CHASKO Visit our website at for more photos from this event.

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Art in the Park Comes to Chess Park in Monongahela By Samantha Milton

On Friday, September 2, 2011, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., Chess Park in Monongahela was “Artified.” Vendors set up booths of handmade items from local businesses in the area. The weekly farmers’ market was also going on at the same time, giving patrons the best of both worlds. Tanya Chaney, owner of Chaney’s Natural, is in charge of the event. “We are always looking for new Contact Tanya Chaney, owner of Chaney’s vendors and patrons. She added, “Our Natural, for more information about the event. next ‘Art in the Park’ will be held on Friday, October 7, 2011 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.” Anyone interested in being a vendor or getting more information can contact Tanya Chaney at 724-328-2834.

The Garment Goddess was also on hand selling her handmade garments.

My Coffee Shop in Monongahela had a booth set up selling fresh brewed coffees and trinkets.

Visit our website at for more photos from this event.

Monongahela Area Chamber of Commerce Service Personnel Recognition Dinner Cruise The Monongahela Area Chamber of Commerce is hosting a Service Personnel Recognition Dinner Cruise on the Gateway Clipper Fleet, and you are cordially invited to attend. Our organization would like to show our support and give thanks to all Volunteer Fire Departments, EMS Providers, Ambulance Services, Police, and others who serve the community tirelessly on a continual basis. The cruise will be held October 22, 2011. The boat will pick up attendees at the Aquatorium Dock in Monongahela at 6:30PM and the cruise will last 3 hours. The cost is $65 per person and includes the cruise, dinner and dancing. (A cash bar will also be provided.) Please join us in recognizing the service personnel in our community and plan to attend this very special event. Please RSVP the Chamber Office at 724.258.5919 before October 14, 2011. Please keep in mind seating is limited. Don’t miss out on this very important evening.

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October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month At work. At home. At school. The message is still the same. As a community we need to work together to stop violence in relationships because … love shouldn’t hurt. The purpose of this campaign is to make the community more aware of domestic violence. Domestic Violence Services of Southwestern PA is looking for individuals and organizations that would like to decorate a small tree with purple ribbons or a large tree with a big purple bow. Domestic Violence Services of Southwestern PA will provide a sign explaining the purpose of this awareness campaign. You can make your own bows and ribbons, however bows will be available. If you or your group chooses to use the purple ribbon tree campaign as a fundraising event for Domestic Violence Services of Southwestern PA, we would be honored to be the recipient of those funds. If you or your business, school, church, civic group, etc. would like to join this awareness campaign, please contact Domestic Violence Services of Southwestern PA in Washington County, 724-223-5477; Greene County, 724-852-2373; and Fayette County, 724-437-2530.

Washington Symphony Orchestra’s 10th Season Weaves Together Music and Art Since 2002, the Washington Symphony Orchestra has been pleasing fans of classical and pops music through its performances. Now, as it begins its 10th anniversary season, Music Director and Conductor Yugo Ikach salutes music and art and their connections in “Picture This” on Saturday, October 8 at Trinity High School in Washington. “I try to bring a different approach to our concerts to get the audience involved in the classical and traditional music we play. Our October theme demonstrates the connection between music and art and how they interrelate,” said Ikach. Several local artists coordinated through Wash Arts will display their works in the lobby of the high school, and three local professionals, Todd Pinkham, Jeff Katrencik and Barbara Richardson, will paint during “In the Steppes of Central Asia” by Alexander Borodin. The “Picture This” theme will continue throughout the October 8 concert as the WSO undertakes “Pictures at an Exhibition” by Modest Mussorgsky, orchestrated by Maurice Ravel. For more information, visit the WSO website at or Facebook page of the Washington Symphony Orchestra. For advance tickets, stop by any branch of Washington Financial banks and Citizens Library in Washington, or call the WSO at 724-223-9796. Tickets will also be available at the door the evening of the concert and online.

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South Park Rib and Wing Challenge Boasts BBQ, Bands, and Beer The annual South Park Rib and Wing Challenge was held at the South Park Fairgrounds over Labor Day weekend, September 3, 4, and 5. BBQ lovers gathered to enjoy eats from restaurants across the country and live music by the popular Everclear, War and Molly Hatchet. The event also included a crafters market, a craft beer garden, a sports zone, and a family zone featuring inflatables, games, and the Wild World of Animals. PHOTOS BY RON PUDLOWSKI

Festival patrons dealt with various types of weather for the rib fest, but the food kept them happy!

Jessica Ziemski (left) and Shannon Tracey (right) enjoyed wings inside the VIP tent.

NEED A NEW ROOF? Dan Johnson (left) and Donnie School (right) came for the BBQ, beer and bands.

National recording artists Molly Hatchet played on the Bowser main stage.

State Funding to Aid Monongahela Aquatorium Project State Rep. Peter J. Daley, D-Fayette/Washington, pointed to the economic benefits to Monongahela and the region that will be derived from efforts to restore the Aquatorium in Monongahela during a check presentation this month. The Washington County Board of Commissioners presented a check for $657,000 to the City of Monongahela. The funds represent state money made available through the Local Share Account program. “The Aquatorium in Monongahela for years has been a great place to host events connected with the Monongahela River. From concerts to festivals, these events have proven to be a real source of tourism dollars to Monongahela and to the region,” Daley said. The restoration project is desperately needed to restore much of the nearly 40-year-old facility so that it can again attract not only local residents who want to enjoy the beauty of the river, but also special events that draw attention to our region and the many beautiful communities along the river. The project will be completed in several phases, with the first phase to include the repair and rehabilitation of the concrete stadium, walkways and steps and replacement of wooden bleacher seats with newer composite material. Later plans call for expansion of the facility and other upgrades.

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Triple B Farms Announces Pumpkin Festival Events It’s time again for Pittsburgh’s Finest Family Apple & Pumpkin Festival at Triple B Farms! Through October 31, come join us for all your favorite fall haunts, such as Storybook Pumpkinland (more than 200 pumpkin-headed characters), hayrides to the pick-your-own pumpkin patch, the Big Blue Boo Barn (mildly scary haunted barn), giant tube slides, corn maze, Barnyard Carnival and more. Special activities are planned all month: Oct. 1-2: Celebrate kickoff of National Anti-Bullying Month with Spookley the Square Pumpkin/Mascot Weekend Oct. 8-9: Mad Science from noon to 3 p.m. See Oct. 10 (Columbus Day): There’s no school, so why not come to the farm? Hayrides and all the festival activities from noon to 6 p.m. Oct. 15-16: Strolling magician from noon to 3 p.m. See Oct. 22-23: Beading projects from noon to 3 p.m. Oct. 29-30: Trick-or-treat at the farm. Wear your costume and get a treat! Triple B also has a stunning, full apple orchard this year. Pick-your-own apples are available on Saturdays and Sundays from 10 am-4 pm, or buy apples any day in our Country Market. New in our Country Market this fall, we have a full line of apple products to complement our apple crop: apple baking mixes (Dutch apple pie, apple spice cake, apple cookies, apple muffins, and apple pancake and fritter mixes), jarred apple goods (apple barbecue sauce, salsa, relish and apple-pecan salad dressing) and the amazing Apple Mate (peel, core and slice apples with the flick of a wrist). Other favorites in the Country Market include pumpkin tea and scone mixes, pumpkin spice syrup, all sorts of jarred goods, Triple B’s homemade jams, homegrown fruits and vegetables, fall decorations, gift items and crafts. In the bakery, we are featuring numerous pies (call to reserve your favorite), cookies, muffins, breads and more, all made with apples, pumpkin or other tasty fruits. Homemade fudge flavors include pumpkin turtle, pumpkin cheesecake, and pumpkin pie, along with other flavors. Business hours through October 4 are Monday through Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Festival hours from October 5-31 are Wednesday through Friday, 4 to 7 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and October 10 (Columbus Day) noon to 6 p.m. Country Market hours are Monday and Tuesday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Wednesday and Friday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; and Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. For more information, call 724-258-3557 or visit

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Let's Talk Real Estate by ROGER DOLANCH Broker/Owner Century 21 Realty

Real Estate and the Internet Recently we took a count of all of the real estate websites that we post our inventory of properties for sale to make them available for property buyers to search at their convenience. We already knew that as a member of CENTURY 21 Real Estate, LLC and West Penn Multi List that our seller's properties fed to well over 550 different websites. In addition to those, there are literally thousands of individual agents, individual companies and even major newspapers today that receive direct feeds from fees paid to multiple listing services to post real estate inventory. Additionally, as technology advances so do the search engines. There are Smart-phone, I-pod and


Android apps to download, QR codes to scan and social media sites, all dedicated to promoting real estate for sale and the agents and companies that sell it. Frankly, it is all more than a little overwhelming. If you are thinking of buying, you can search just about anywhere on the Internet to locate a list of potential properties. You can look at pictures, maybe view a virtual tour, get some basic information and even submit your contact information to get more information about a particular property. The challenge with this approach is that the pictures do not always give you a real “feel” for the property. You run the danger of possibly missing an opportunity because the pictures were either too poor or too good! You realize rather quickly when you actually start making appointments and physically visit some properties that the Internet can unintentionally misrepresent the property. Oh, the pictures are accurate. They just can't convey whether the property has an pleasant or bad odor, is clean or dirty, is well or poorly maintained, or more importantly, your own individual personal emotions as you react to each specific property. For those people considering selling their real property the toughest question is always “What is my property worth?”. Although many of us think that the Internet is the ultimate resource for all knowledge, it is tricky when it comes to this issue because we live in Southwestern Pennsylvania. Our neighborhoods are often interrupted by rivers, streams, railroad tracks, hills

Century 21 Agent of the Month Also Named Five Star Agent CENTURY 21 Frontier Realty is proud to recognize the efforts of Ellen Brawdy as our Agent of the Month for both July and August. Her success just continues to grow due in large part to her willingness to help people and sheer tenacity when it comes to getting the job done. We also are proud of her efforts in support of Finleyville Community Day. Brawdy also has been named for the second year in a row as a Five Star Real Estate Agent for overall customer satisfaction in Pittsburgh Magazine. Congratulations, Ellen! 21 ————————————————————————————————————————

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and mountains. We have many streets with properties of mixed values. A good example of this is a home that was built 60 plus years ago immediately next door to home that was built recently. The point is that Internet pricing sites, when you can find one, usually calculate only the averages within an area based on deed recordings. No information is available regarding the number of bedrooms, baths, garage bays, or other important features used when determining value. 99% of the time those average prices do not really reflect what a specific property is worth in our area. As you can see, when the topic is real estate, keep your perspective. The Internet is a communications tool and marketing venue. It takes the “eyes on” approach of one of our CENTURY 21 Frontier Realty sales professionals to help guide you through the myriad of choices you face when the issue is local real estate.

Finleyville 724-348-7470 Belle Vernon 724-929-2180 McMurray 724-941-8680


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By Wild Willy Frankfort

Harvest Historically, the month of October is considered harvest time. We take for granted the fact that our ancestors usually only got one good harvest for the year. Today, farmers who plant wisely can get two and sometimes three harvests or cuttings depending on the crop they raise. So efficient are we that our federal government pays some farmers not to grow some crops, as this would put strain on the economy. In the historical realm, we practice the old ways to find out how efficient or inefficient things were. We plant crops and fertilize in the old ways and then monitor the results so that we can pass on the knowledge for historical purposes. In the old days, corn, beans and squash were raised together. The corn was planted to give the vines from the squash and beans a growing platform and provide fertilizer and nitrogen back to the soil during decomposition. It was not known why it worked, only that it did work. I remember the drawings of Indians planting crops, hanging from the wall in the middle school that I attended back in the “Ice Age.” I can remember my teacher pointing to the illustration with her wooden pointer with the rubber end and telling the story in congress with the story of the Pilgrims and Thanksgiving. What my teachers never taught was everything else the planters and harvesters went through to make sure they would have would sufficient food for the winter and coming spring. Anyone who plants a garden in this area knows the hazards and trials they go through just to grow fresh vegetables. Never mind the deer or insects. I have seen birds eat the tops off of young plants then yank them out of the ground.I have seen ground hogs climb trees to eat fruit and deer stand straight up on their hind legs to reach apples, peaches and plums on branches because they had cleaned off the lower limbs earlier in the year. It is hard to believe that there was a time when there were no fences. Most fields were open, and any animal could meander through them. Most natives and settlers gathered fallen trees and

William “Wild Wily” Frankfort

limbs and ringed the fields with them, making barriers that did not deter animals but made it hard for them to reach the crops. Fields could be watched, and the animals that made it to the fields were hunted or frightened away. People guarded tall crops, such as corn, from raised platforms at either end of a field. A child could cover a field and was supplied with rocks to throw at animals to scare or kill them. One of my favorite deterrents was snakes made by blacksmiths. For years, forged blacksnakes were placed in gardens to deter small rodents and birds from picking at crops. If an animal attacked or tried to pick up one of these metal snakes, they would receive a “hot foot,” as these garden tools could reach over 100 degrees in the hot sun. Insects could be dealt with by planting crops on land that was bordered by creeks. Crops were flooded by damning the creeks at their confluence and flooding the field. The insects floated off, and the crops were saved. Industrious planters would set fish traps and used the floating bait to catch fish downstream. It’s hard to believe what was endured to live on the frontier. I am constantly asked “why” people would want to endure such hardship. I only can tell them that it was for their freedom. A concept, for most of us, as hard to understand as what a good harvest meant. I hope you all enjoy a good harvest and understand that food wasn’t always as close as the local market, once upon a time. Remember our troops, and keep them in your hearts.

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West Elizabeth Memorial Service Remembers Attack on America

Patriotic music by Brandon Hughes and his band filled the air!

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Martha Washington Quilt Guild Presents Show November 4

West Elizabeth Fire Department, Jefferson Hills EMS and Jefferson Hills 885 Fire Rescue stand proud!

Yvonne Brenner, Martha Webb, Ruth Bernett, and Carolyn Fuchs of The Martha Washington Quilt Guild show off the Grandmother’s Garden Quilt.

Firefighters Augie Smarra and Randy Hoke pay respect to their fallen brothers from September 11.

Clairton Fire Department Station 123 honors the fallen firefighters of September 11.

By Charlotte Hopkins

Pastor Floyd Hughes and Reverend Walt Pietschmann hosted a September 11 Memorial Service in West Elizabeth to honor the 10-year anniversary of the tragic event. They, along with firefighters, paramedics and residents from West Elizabeth and neighboring communities, paid tribute to those who lost their lives in the September 11 attack. Among the victims were over 2,000 private citizens, 72 police officers and 343 firefighters. The group decided that the day holds such importance in American history that they plan to hold a memorial event at the baseball field every year. Next year’s event will include a special tribute to the New York Police Department and the New York Fire Department. PHOTOGRAPHS BY CHARLOTTE HOPKINS AND NANCY HOKE

Hickory Apple Festival Set for October 1-2 The 28th annual Hickory Apple Festival will be held on October 1 and 2 at the Mt. Pleasant Township Volunteer Company firehall grounds on Main Street/Route 50 in Hickory, Washington County, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Come for food, music, crafts and children’s activities. Enjoy the allyou-can-eat pancake and sausage breakfast from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. There’s live entertainment on two stages, including the Banjo All Stars and Ruff Creek on Saturday and the Blue Grass Band and Bill Burkette’s Vogues on Sunday. There are apple bobbing and apple pie eating contests, hay rides, and many other activities. Every kind of apple goodie will be available, including apple pies, apple crisp, apple dumplings and apple butter. The kids will love the petting zoo, face painting and moonwalk. Admission, parking and shuttle service are all free. See the full schedule at All proceeds benefit the Mt. Pleasant Township Volunteer Fire Company.

The Martha Washington Quilt Guild will present its 2011 Baskets of Joy Quilt Show at the Church of the Covenant, 267 East Beau Street, Washington, on Friday, November 4 from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. and Saturday, November 5 from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Admission is $5. Featured at this year’s show will be a quilt comprised of 12 individual panels depicting stops along Route 40, the National Road. Other features will include the Grandmother’s Garden Quilt and the Guild's 30th Anniversary Quilt. Over 125 quilts and quilt-related items will be on display. There will be demonstrations and vendors, and the boutique and flea market are always popular with those attending the show. For more information, e-mail

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Community Gathers in Monongahela to Remember Victims of September 11 The Monongahela Woman’s Club sponsored a September 11th Memorial Tribute at Chess Park in Monongahela on Sunday, September 11, at 6 p.m. In celebration of the 10-year anniversary of the tragedy, the event included music, speakers, and salutes to our nation by various military and veterans groups. PHOTOS BY RON PUDLOWSKI

Guest Speaker Major General Brian Murphy presented a reading at the event.

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Helping hands for hurting hearts— Hanna Williams, Gabby Fronzaglio, and Sarah Grandinetti of Girl Scout Troop 54087 passed out programs and ribbons at the tribute.

Pleasant Hills Community Presbyterian Church Holds Deacons Fall Blood Drive Pleasant Hills Community Presbyterian Church, 199 Old Clairton Road, Pleasant Hills, invites you to share a small part of your life at our upcoming Deacons’ Fall Blood Drive to be held Sunday morning, October 23, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. in our Board Room, accessed from the Audrey Drive church entrances. Advance registration is preferred, but walk-ins are always welcome. Sign up by calling Deacon Bob Zirkle at 412-303-4736 or visiting Central Blood Bank online at their website ( and clicking Make an Appointment in the top banner, selecting Schedule Appointment the in the left-hand column, and then Search Mobile Drive Locations by zip code or church drives (hint: the zip code method is much quicker by entering 15236). Remember that you must bring a valid government-issued photo identification card such as a driver’s license or military ID card to be admitted to the donation room. A parent or legal guardian must accompany minors. Donors must be at least 16 years of age on the date of the donation, weigh at least 110 pounds, and not have any symptoms of a cold or the flu. We look to the surrounding community at large to help us! You do not have to be a church member to participate.

Thanks to the Monongahela Woman’s Club, residents were able to attend a memorial tribute held in Chess Park for the September 11 victims.

South Arts Gallery of Bethel Park Debuts New Show South Arts opened a new show, Fall Fanfare, at its gallery in the Historic Schoolhouse in Bethel Park in September, which will run through October 29. The artwork of Carol Kilkeary, well-known for her drawings in graphite and pencil, will be featured along with the work of other local Pittsburgh artists. The public is invited to visit the Gallery Wednesdays through Saturdays from 1 to 4 p.m. For further information, please call Sally Cordis at 412-831-8156. David Olsen began the memorial tribute with a bagpipe rendition of Amazing Grace.

Police, fire, EMS, and military personnel stood at attention, paid tribute to their fallen comrades.


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Healthy Directions Clinic Introduces Services at NNCW Meeting By Paul Chasko

Services start at $59/visit; physicals are $55 with most insurAt the September 14 ance plans and Neighbor to Neighbor Medicare is acceptable. Community Watch Insurance coverage can (NNCW) group meetbe asccertained by ing, Nurse Practitioner phone (724) 348-6699. Laurene Donnelly and Waiting time will be Pharmacist Eric Miller much shorter than that introduced to attendees of a hospital emergency the new Giant Eagle Pharmacist Eric Miller passes out room. Hours of operahealth care facility, literature and health aids. tion are Monday thru which opened August Friday, 8:30 am to 8:30 8. The Healthy Direcpm; Saturday, 9 am to tions Clinic in the 7:30 pm; and Sunday, 10 Giant Eagle on Route am to 4:30 pm (lab 88 operates under the opens at 7 am Monday direction of Mononthru Saturday). gahela Valley Hospital Another plus for the (MVH) Health Care. facility is that the newly Donnelly explained expanded Giant Eagle the services available Pharmacy is located just and answered quesoutside the clinic. Miller tions. The facility is Nurse Practitioner Laurene Donnelly answers discussed the features of staffed by nurse practiquestions from the meeting attendees. the new pharmacy, the tioners and medical most obvious addition assistants from MVH who have had special extended school- being a drive-thru service canopy and ing. They can provide walk-in diag- window where customers can drop off noses and treatment for many common and pick up prescriptions. A telephone non-urgent illnesses. They provide is located in the drive-thru to offer a physical examinations and full-service means for more private conversations blood analysis, administer injections, with the pharmacist. An expanded evaluate and treat a wide variety of selection of over-the-counter (OTC) common illnesses, write prescriptions drugs and other medical aids will be and treat minor injuries. They also use available directly outside the clinic, and a consulting arrangement with Dr. John the pharmacy will have separate lines Holets. Patients coming in with diag- inside for pick-up and drop-off. Miller nosed symptoms of stroke or heart assured all that the new pharmacy will attack will immediately be transported have more space but still provide the from the clinic to MVH. A wheelchair same great service. Speed bumps will will be waiting at the door if called for be installed along the front of the store before arrival. An AED (automatic to remind drivers that they’re approachexternal defibrillator) also will be avail- ing the exit of the pharmacy drive-thru lane. able in the clinic.

Sons of the Legion Post 760 Bethel Park Installs New Officers The Sons of the Legion, 2409 Bethel Church Road, installed new officers on Wednesday September 14. They are Commander Chuck Moore, Sr. Vice Ed Giese, Jr. Vice Done Weis, Finance Officer Mike Shay, Adjutant Terry Shinneman, Sergeants of Arms Mike O’Brien and Terry Shinneman, and Chaplain and Historian Mark Ferry. The Commander would like to congratulate the new officers and thank the previous officers of the Sons for a great job. The next sons’ meeting is October 4 at 7 p.m. ———————————————————————————————————————— 25

Great Fall Roadside Litter Cleanup to Tidy Up South Park South Park Township's Great Fall Roadside Litter Cleanup will take place Saturday, October 22. The event is part of the Adopt-a-Highway Program. Participants will meet at the Township Community Center, 2675 Brownsville Road, South Park at 9 a.m. for registration. assignments and supplies. The event usually lasts about two hours, and South Park’s Great Hot Dogs will be served after the event. For more information, contact Township Supervisor Dave Buchewicz at or 412833-8025.

Dancing for a Cause Raises Funds to Fight Child Abuse Stars will be out when local celebrities, hometown heroes and concerned citizens will gather to raise funds to help fight child abuse on Friday, October 21 at the Sheraton Station Square. The event will begin at 6:30 p.m. offering food (served from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.), entertainment and dancing until 11 p.m. DJ Jiving Johnny will provide music and entertainment, with all proceeds from the event going to Watchful Shepherd USA and its mission to preRose Tennant of Pittsburgh Radio FM 104.7 practices for the Dancing for a Cause vent child abuse. competition at Arthur Murray studios. The main event is the dancing, which features celebrities teaming up with professional dance instructors from the Arthur Murray Dance Studio. Some of the celebrity dancers to date are Tracy McDonald, Assistant District Attorney, Washington County, for Child Abuse cases; Rose Tennant, Pittsburgh Radio FM 104.7; Athena Sarris Sims, Sarris Candies; Sheldon Ingram, WTAE TV; Tom Northrop, President, Observer Publishing Co.; Michael Washington, Pittsburgh Power; Jason Capps, Owner, Bella Sera Event and Trattoria; and Amber Nicotra, WTAE TV reporter. The competition begins at 8 p.m. It’s an evening full of fun. You can get tickets or become a sponsor online by visiting our website at or mailing your donation to: Watchful Shepherd USA, 6000 Waterdam Plaza Drive, Suite 220, McMurray, PA 15317. For more information, call 724-941-3339.

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Thousands Flock to South Park Community Day By Ken Askew

The weather was crisp and refreshingly cool for an outdoor event--starting off cloudy but finishing sunny--for the annual South Park Community Day, held at a location colloquially referred to as “The Oval” adjacent to “The Clock Building” on the South Park Fairgrounds. September 17, 2011 was a fine day for kids’ sports teams, which kicked off the action-packed schedule. An extensive nine hours of soccer games and eleven hours of football were played by various age groups, replete with cheerleading squads. At noon, a grand parade drew lots of spectators. And…what’s a community day without a full menu of mouth-watering eateries? Afterward, patrons visited the multitude of over 100 booths set up by businesses, Boy Scouts, officials including U.S. Congressman Tim Murphy and PA State Representative Rick Saccone, nonprofit groups, crafters, social advocacy groups, health care providers, recreation promoters, military support and veterans organizations, two newspapers, and—last but not least—government agencies (including, of course, the South Park Township Board of Supervisors). Fun things for the kids to do ranged from pony rides and rubbertired choo-choo rides to an air-filled bouncy inflatable and a lofty climbing wall. The stage featured an All American Miss South Park Pageant for younger kids and several dance troupes.

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Clyde Henry: A Worthy Namesake to the Henry Covered Bridge By William Frankfort

Local businesses were well-represented at their booths.

A shopper finds a bargain among the many vendors.

Inside the Agricultural Building, a fine selection of crafts was available.

Visit our website at for more photos from this event.

Lions Club Farmer's Market Coming to an End The Pleasant Hills Lions Club Farmer’s Market will close up shop this month for the 2011 season. Market hours are Thursday, October 6 and 13 from 3:30 to 7 p.m. at the Pleasant Hills Community Presbyterian Church parking lot at 199 Old Clairton Road. Each week 16 - 20 vendors are in attend to offer fresh vegetables and fruits like lettuce, apples, potatoes, strawberries and other berries, asparagus, Brussels sprouts, tomatoes, corn, and peaches as well as other products. The Lions Club brooms and garbage bags also are available, and used eyeglasses are collected. All proceeds benefit the Lions Club charitable works. Any questions, please contact Roy Fowler at 412-653-4121.

From time to time, my boss asks me to write an article that is a little out of my comfort zone. I get an outline, a phone number, and a contact, and I go it alone from there. I have written hundreds of articles, and I enjoy that aspect of my life. I like to write and, more importantly, I like people. I try to find a common ground and ask a few questions and from there just go with it. If you have read my “Road Less Traveled” column, you know I haven’t been feeling well. My usual plans for meeting folks and interviewing had to be shelved, as I didn’t want anyone exposed to my germs. So, I rang up Clyde Henry, and we spent a while talking on the phone. I found that he fit that mold of a man I am pretty used to; you know what I mean—a person you share interests with and you each understand where the other’s coming from. Clyde Henry is a native son, as his family owned land, lived, and worked here in our neck of the woods for a long time. If a family lives and stays in an area long enough, they name things after you, hence the Henry Bridge in Mingo Park. Now, to give you a frame of reference, the Henry’s owned the land on the left side of the road going up the hill to Route 136. I’ve been fortunate to travel those woods and do a little hunting there. The land across the road heading up to the model airplane field was owned by Clyde’s uncle and made up a good section owned by the Henry family. When the area became a county park, the covered bridge that sat at the bottom of the hill was named for the family. In this case, the historical attachment fits the man. Clyde Henry is a part of his community and believes that a person should take an active part in it. He joined the Ginger Hill Grange in 1978 and has been working to help the community through different events held there. The Grange is not a new society; it was originally formed in 1867 to help farmers fight against the railroads that were claiming eminent domain and cutting right of ways across farm

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lands. They started as secret organizations that fought for the rights of farmers. With new laws, the Grange has moved on to serve the community and help the community in different ways. They allow nonprofit groups like the 4H, Scouts, and youth groups to use their hall and sponsor spaghetti dinners to raise money for underprivileged kids and community resources like the public library. That’s where you will find Clyde on April 28—in the kitchen of the Grange cooking spaghetti. He told me the library needs a new roof, so they’re raising funds to help (I’m told that Clyde makes a killer sauce). Clyde Henry is 85 years old and has been married to his wife Cecelia (Cele) for 62 years. They have a daughter, two grandsons, and one great-grandson. He was a mechanic for John Deere and has a love of carpentry and tools. Sounds pretty good to me. So, when you pass by the Henry Bridge, remember the name and remember that it’s a good name and Clyde Henry represents it well. He recently told me that the Ginger Hill Grange is an old organization that needs new members. Check it out— you might find that what they have to offer is just what you might need.

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PA Representative Rick Saccone Hosts ‘Morning Coffee & Conversation’ By Ken Askew

A majority of you elected Rick Saccone to office—are you curious about what he is doing now? If so, then you should have attended a “Morning Coffee & Conversation” meeting on September 9, 2011 at the New Eagle Volunteer Fire Company’s Social Hall. Pennsylvania Representative Rick Saccone (R) of the 39th Legislative District, after nine months in office, gave a 2-hour genuinely earnest accounting of his activities and an informative PowerPoint presentation about what issues are on the agenda in Harrisburg. It was a long list. He opened by reminding the attendees that the state is running a $4B deficit tab, and has accumulated $50.5B in liabilities such as pensions, unemployment compensation, road and bridge repairs, and more. Initiatives before the legislature include cutting welfare, funding of statesupported colleges and universities, cuts in state government (size of the legislature, pension reform, number of support jobs, health benefits, and cost-of-living increases), and elimination of WAMs (Walking Around Money—a term used to describe funds undesignated for a specific purpose—a.k.a. “pork-barrel” appropriations in the US Congress). Saccone was concerned that some people have a misconception regarding the budget for educational funding by the Corbett administration—they have voiced objections that such funding is less than last year. However, he produced a bar graph (shown on this page)

showing that when federal stimulus money provided over the last two years is set out separately, state monies have actually increased over the figures for that period. Constituents have told Saccone their #1 concern is property taxes, which were characterized as immoral, a heavy financial burden on Seniors, and--in effect--penalizing homeowners for improving their properties. The list of topics continued on to casino money distribution, privatizing liquor stores, transportation issues (including the popularly supported but unlikely widening of the one-lane bridge on Venetia Road, because it is not structurally deficient), redistricting, allowing hunting on Sundays, and the proposal to require voter ID’s on election days. To communicate your preferences on these and other topics, go to, and complete the Legislative Survey. Of course, this was not a one-way communication—attendees had plenty to say. Throughout the presentation and in an open forum at the end, constituents asked questions and offered the following opinions: Why do Ringgold School District administrators have such exorbitant salaries (between $150-200K per year)? What can taxpayers do to reduce excessive spending on building programs in the Ringgold School District? Why did it take so long to get to the implosion of the Charleroi-Monessen bridge?

PA Representative Rick Saccone met with his constituents to present a briefing on the latest news from the state capital.

Homeowners were promised property tax relief when the gaming revenues came to fruition—where is that reduction? Now, residents are told that privatization of liquor sales will save money— where will that money go? Why are legislators incurring the the cost of expensive, full-color brochures mailed to voters? What can be done about absentee members of municipal Councils, who don’t even show up for meetings? A state judge has ruled that “firing” them is unconstitutional. Why hasn’t a Marcellus Shale natural gas extraction tax been enacted? Why can’t municipalities benefit from this windfall? Why do we have to cope with the adverse health effects? Why can’t the drillers be required to use US-made steel (for safety reasons) instead of inferior foreign steel? Why aren’t more local workers hired, instead of moving them in from Texas, Louisiana, or Oklahoma? Governor Corbett touted that 1,500

state employee jobs are being cut. What percentage is that of all state jobs? (Answer: 5.6%) Why does it seem that the state budget is exceeded every year, just adding to the deficit? Saccone and his wife were there, as well as two staffers. They were barely outnumbered by the local attendees, which was only seven. Other similar meetings with the public have brought out an audience of 25 to 30 concerned citizens. A previous “Morning Coffee & Conversation” meeting was held in Finleyville on August 25. Topics at this meeting included the budget, education, unemployment compensation, and privatization of PA liquor stores. One major issue discussed was how raising property taxes will affect those living on pensions or fixed incomes. Rep. Saccone spent two hours in discussion, questioning residents about their opinions of those topics. Another meeting is scheduled for October 7 in Elizabeth.

Pennsylvania Trolley Museum Offers Trolley Rails and Spooky Tales

Angel Ridge Animal Rescue Calls all Pooches to Barktoberfest

Experience Western Pennsylvania’s only storytelling event on wheels with the Pennsylvania Trolley Museum’s Halloween event, Trolley Rails and Spooky Tales! Join a master storyteller aboard a vintage trolley on Friday and Saturday evenings October 21-22 and 28-29 as you ride the rails into the dark and spooky night to enjoy ghostly stories. Doors open at 6 pm, with trolleys departing at 7 and 8 pm. Stories will be told on an antique streetcar and are appropriate for families with children ages 5-12. Seating is limited to 45 people for each of the two trips and tickets will be sold on a first-come first-served basis. Admission includes a second ride on the “Cobweb Shuttle,” treats, and a Lego city display. Admission is $9 for adults, $8 for seniors (62+), $6 for children (ages 3-15), and children under age 3 are free. Children in costume receive $1 off admission. The $35 family rate covers up to two adults and four children.

Angel Ridge Animal Rescue will hold its free Barktoberfest, a festival for people and their dogs, on October 15 from noon to 5 p.m. at the Museum Building at South Park Fair Grounds. Included in the event will be a Chinese auction, dog costume contest with prizes, bake sale, DJ all day, games and more. Angel Ridge is a shelter and sanctuary for abandoned, handicapped and aged dogs, cats and horses. The facility is located in Washington County and is funded entirely by private donations. Barktoberfest is this year’s annual fundraising event for Angel Ridge, and it is requesting donations of gift certificates or merchandise items that can be used in the Chinese auction. The auction also features theme baskets, so one of these also would be greatly appreciated. Angel Ridge Animal Rescue is a 501c3 organization so all donations are tax deductible. If you are able to donate an item to help our animals in need or are willing to volunteer, please contact our office at 724-229-7053 or email us at You can learn more about our organization by visiting our website at

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Funding of Up to $15,000 Available for First Responders

Hungry Folks Gather for Finleyville’s

State Rep. Peter J. Daley, D-Fayette/Washington, is encouraging volunteer fire and ambulance companies to apply for the 2011 Volunteer Fire Company and Volunteer Ambulance Services Grant Program. "This program is very helpful to the many volunteer fire and EMS companies that are often strapped for cash. And with several other grant programs not funded in the current state budget, this may be one of the only avenues left for financial assistance or grants from the Commonwealth," Daley said. "By giving them this financial helping hand, we allow our volunteers to spend more time training and more time preserving the safety of our families and neighborhoods.” Volunteer fire companies, ambulance services and rescue companies may apply for a grant in up to two of the four eligible program categories. Grant award amounts range from $2,500 to $15,000 and can be used for: • Purchase or repair of firefighting, ambulance or rescue equipment • Training and certification of members • Purchase, repair or renovation of facilities • Debt reduction Information and applications are available on the Office of State Fire Commissioner website The deadline to apply is October 21.

By Paul Chasko

Rally for America Honored 9/11 Tragedy

Members of the McMurray Rotary Club, along with members from the newly formed Peters Township Interact Club, participated in the Rally for America held at Peters Township High School on September 11, 2011, the 10-year anniversary of the tragedy of 9/11. The event was sponsored by Peters Township Character Counts and honored local first responders and members of all branches of the military. Two members of the McMurray Rotary Club were participants in the program, Pastor Jamison Hardy of the Peace Lutheran Church gave the opening prayer, and U.S. Army Colonel Lew Irwin was the Keynote Speaker.

Free Adult Flu Shots Offered October 12 and November 9 Free flu shots (adults only) will be offered courtesy of Jefferson Hills Area Ambulance Service (JHAAS) and the Neighbor to Neighbor Community Watch (NNCW) Group from 7 to 9 pm during the October 12 and November 9 NNCW meetings at St. Francis of Assisi Finley Hall, just north of Finleyville off Rt. 88. JHAAA nurses and paramedics will give the injections.

First Annual Pizza Eating Contest On September 12, 20 or so brave contestants made their way onto the stage in the Finleyville Community Center to take part in what’s certain to become an annual event of Finleyville Community Day – the Pizza Eating Contest. The stage had been set up with four tables. The contestants stood along either side of the tables staring across at their opponents trying to intimidate each other but not realizing the challenge that lie before them. In front of each contestant was a box containing a Pizza eating contestants are anxious to dig in to Vocelli’s medium cheese pizza – a delecdelicious Vocelli’s pies. table snack when enjoying a few pieces in front of the TV watching your favorite show but something way different in these circumstances. Here, they’d have to wolf down their pizza in record time to beat their competitors. What lie ahead for some of them came with the realization that a few garbage cans were brought on the stage for those contestants who would “give it up” before finishing the contest. The judges positioned themselves The old “fold-over” technique near each table to be sure there were no works like a charm! shenanigans, like shoving some of the pizza into pockets, and they were off. You could immediately see that some thought had gone into technique. Some of the contestants grabbed the pizza and worked their way in from one end. Others tore the pizza into pieces, while still others folded the pizza to make it more manageable. A flurry of quick munching, chewing and swallowing rather quickly slowed down as it looked as though the pizza dough was sort of Jeremy Olisar (left) takes home becoming impacted in the contestant’s the first place prize—one Vocelli’s pizza mouths. That’s when those with some per month for 12 months! heavy eating experience shone through – they’d left enough room in there for some water to slosh things down. The poor souls who’d jammed things up couldn’t spit it out or they’d be disqualified, so they just stood there looking like big chipmunks with cheeks full. Sad to say, two contestants, at least, gave up what they’d been working on and left the stage crestfallen. Meanwhile, the munching, swallowing and drinking on stage went on until one contestant threw his hands in the air – finished. Soon after, the second place winner was decided. What an invigorating display of gastric fortitude! First place was taken by Jeremy Olisar and second place by Ryan Liles. The prizes (of course) were Vocelli’s pizzas – one a month for 12 months (first place) and 6 months (second place). For photos from this event, please visit the photo gallery on our website at

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Thomas Jefferson High School Class of 1961 Celebrates Fiftieth Class Reunion

Pennsylvania Trolley Museum, with over 600 members and 150 active volunteers, opened to the public in 1963 in order to communicate the story of Pennsylvania’s Trolley Era. The museum is open Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday up to and including December 18. Hours are 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. on weekdays and 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Group tours and education tours are also available at other times, by appointment only. Special events are run throughout the year and birthday/all occasion parties are available. For more information call 724-228-9256 or visit our website The museum is easily reached from Pittsburgh. From the north, take I-79 to exit 41, Race Track Road, and follow the signs just 3 miles to the museum. From the south take I-79 North to Exit 40 Meadow Lands and follow the signs.

Pumpkin Patch Trolley Service Available to PA Arts and Crafts Festival Gather the family and head on over to the Pennsylvania Trolley Museum for a ride to the Pumpkin Patch. Children can choose a pumpkin and decorate it too! The event takes place Friday through Sunday October 7-9, 14-16, 21-23 and 2830. And, enjoy a second ride on the harvest-themed shuttle trolley, complimentary popcorn, a bouncer, a bustling Lego city with multiple trains, and snap family photos in the harvest-themed photo area. Admission is $9 for adults, $8 for seniors (62+), $6 for children (ages 3-15) and free for children age 2 and under. There is also a special family rate of $35 for up to two adults and four children. Rides to the pumpkin patch leave every half hour from 10 am to 4:30 pm. There will also be a special park-and ride service during the Pennsylvania Arts & Crafts Christmas Festival at the Washington County Fairgrounds October 2123 and 29-30 from 10 am to 6 pm. A $2 rate per person includes parking at the museum and a trolley ride to the fairgrounds. Festival attendees may also take a trolley ride and board at the fairgrounds platform near the fairgrounds entrance. The $2 rate does not include festival or museum admission.

Monongahela Area Library Hosts Scholastic Book Fair The Friends of the Monongahela Area Library will host a Scholastic Book Fair from Monday, October 24 through Saturday, October 29. The sale will run during the library’s hours of operation, Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Friday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. All proceeds generated from the sale will be applied to new material for the children’s collection in the library. For more information, call 724-258-5409.

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By Andrea Earnest

On Saturday, September 10, 72 classmates from the first class to go completely through Thomas Jefferson Junior-Senior High School met at The Georgetown Centre in Pleasant Hills. Two-hundred thirty-five students graduated on June 13, 1961. Twenty-nine members of the graduating class have died. Including spouses and guests, 121 people attended the event, traveling from as far as California. Dale Saller, head of TJ’s The evening began with cocktails while people gathClass of 1961 Reunion ered and had time to renew old friendships, reminisce Committee and master of about their years at TJ, and catch up with their lives ceremonies for the evening, since then. Dale Saller was the master of ceremonies and welcomes the classmates. head of the reunion committee. After the dinner, classmates watched a video that Saller had put together of photos from their days at TJ and an interview with Orlando Jardini, a former teacher. All classmates received a copy of the DVD to take home, but the evening was mostly about getting the chance to see old friends. Many of the people also attended a tour of the high school and the football game the previous evening. And the TJHS Jaguars beat the South Park Eagles in a Conference game by a score of 48-7! After the game, they gathered at Altman’s Bar in Pleasant Hills. The reunion committee included Saller, Margot Achtzehn (Quirin), Joan Frankfort (Schindel), Mike Hudak, Paula Miller (Bowman), and Faye Trainer (McSurdy).

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Monongahela High School Class of 1966 Celebrates with 45th Reunion Monongahela High School Class of 1966 celebrated its 45th reunion on Saturday, August 6, at Lindenwood Golf Club in McMurray. Sixty-nine classmates plus spouses and guests enjoyed a buffet dinner and a night of dancing to the oldies. Music was provided by Ralph Trilli, Ron Paglia and Carl ,who gave out several musical CDs and tee-shirts. The room was decorated in red and white, the school colors. Desserts included a specially decorated red velvet cake with a 45th class reunion logo created by Jim Smarilli. Another cake had a photo of the high school as depicted on the classmates’ 1966 diplomas. Co-chair Jean Hartman Fazzini of Eighty Four prepared name tags with graduation photos. Each classmate was given another’s name tag and had the difficult task of finding the owner. This year’s chairperson, Judy Donina Wolfe of Huntington Beach, California, opened the evening with humorous remarks and high school trivia. She honored all the classmates who have served in the military over the years. She thanked the three attending teachers, Paul Scandrol (band), George Zober (science) and Dave Simon (phys.ed), for their inspiration. She also acknowledged three recent marriages and the only class marriage in attendance, Sherra Dipaola and Mike Mancuso. Bill Patterson was praised for being 1st to RSVP to the event attended by one hundred twenty-eight people. Carole Hofmeister Stepinski, class secretary, lit a special memorial candle for the forty-six classmates who have

Row 1: Norman G. Milligan, Sharon Turini Kent, Ron Casciani, Mary Kay Lukens Becker, Elissa Marraccini Stein, Peggi Milligan Brooks, Darla Milligan McCall, Cynthia Solomon, Sherral Mitchell, Dena Kon Wiesner-Pardee, Jennie Frye Rockidge, Dorothy Baxter Pust, Carolyn Ghilani Bundash, Teacher – Mr. Paul J. Scandrol. Row 2: Cookie Fireman Contis McNitt, Judy Donina Wolfe, Patricia Mellinger Barton, Linda Jevsevar Williams, Sandy Fitch Konton, JoAnne Doty Sutts, Mary Sue Baumgardner Sirilla, Alice J. Rice Burgan, Marianne Durisko Kopnicky, Carole Hofmeister Stepinski, Linda Fisher Beattie, Robin Curdie Koskoski, Jane Robinson McGoldrick, Dave Perecko, Teacher – Mr. Dave Simon. Row 3: Cheryl McKinney, Mary Jane Thompson Ahwesh, Sheryl Stark Cassell, Donna Yates Jones, Karin Frosini Harper, Ernie Robb, Judi Waugh Rabe, Sandra Widmer Reynolds, Bobbie Hartman Fazzini, Vatura Gearing Stagi, Bonnie McMahon Kirby, Nancy Roberts Ridgeway, Mary Beth Keeney Morris, Patty Perry Deffobis, Teacher – Mr. George Zober. Row 4: Mike Mancuso, Jim Parkinson, Tom McGinty, Alex Turfa, Bill Sargent, Bob Dickie, Rich Bucchianeri, Bob Allridge, George Retos, David Hemmings, Marie Brown Wagner, Sherra DiPaola Mancuso. Row 5: Dave Mancuso, Dennis Mowery, Bill Howells, Mike Matesich, Fred Filippelli, John Doerfler, Carl Nelson, Bill Campbell, Terry Beckinger, Joe Bores, Ken Champagne, Augie France, Bruce Zewe, Bill Patterson, Bob Baxter, Mickey Hutchko.

passed since graduation while Mary Jane Thompson Ahwesh delivered the class prayer. Rich Bucchianeri, class treasurer, delivered a nostalgic toast inspired by the final passage of the 1966 Flame, the class yearbook. Dena Kon Wiesner-Pardee of Illinois made a special band display of old photos and memorabilia. Other classmates came from Indiana, Texas, Colorado, Maine, Ohio, Kentucky, Florida, New York, Virginia, Alabama and New Mexico. During the evening classmates gathered in grade school groups for photos. Photographer Chris Grilli took

84 Fitness Center Sponsors “Furry” Fall Festival to Benefit WAHS and Local Vets 84 Fitness Center will sponsor the 2nd Annual “Furry” Fall Festival social event for dogs (and their people) on Saturday, October 8 at the pavilion and ball fields behind the 84 Lumber offices on Route 519. The theme for the dog party is “Pets for U.S. Vets,” and all event proceeds go to the Washington Area Humane Society (WAHS) veteran’s fund, which allows local vets to adopt a pet for no fee. A dog walk, patriotic presentation, blessing of the animals, exotic bird demonstration, dog obedience display, and more will be offered. Dogs and their people can participate together in the Silly Agility Course, and raffles and a Chinese auction will be part of the day. WAHS alumni dogs are encouraged to attend. For more information or to volunteer, contact Suzi Smith at 412-217-9059 and visit the dogblog at Adult admission is a $10 donation; kids 12 and under and all dogs are free. Pre-registration forms are available at 84 Fitness Center and the WAHS. Please be a part of the solution and come join the fun!

the class group photo in the beautiful courtyard at Lindenwood. Pre-reunion events included a day at Kennywood on August 3, Monongahela Day. The rain cooled the temps as classmates met under a pavilion provided by Kennywood. A nostalgic evening of oldies music and classic cars attracted over seventy classmates and spouses at the Mineral Beach Car Cruise on Friday, August 5. Classmates Larry Martello, Carl Zewe, Mickey Hutchko and Bill Howells drove their colorful vintage cars. Jim and Joe Misanik arrived in their father’s

Model A Ford. The class plans to have several gatherings leading up to their Golden Reunion in 2016. A 65th Birthday at Sea is being planned for 2013. For more information about the birthday cruise, future events or to stay connected with the class of 1966 contact Judy Wolfe at 714-846-3700 or The class also has an active group on Facebook. Reunion photos are available on the class web site:

Upcoming Events With State Representative Rick Saccone • Coffee with your Legislator Rockwell’s Red Lion Restaurant 201 S. Second Street, Elizabeth Friday, October 7 at 9 am • Senior Expo - Hosted by: Rep. Rick Saccone and Senator John Pippy, Broughton Volunteer Fire Department 1030 Cochran Mill Road, South Park Thursday, October 13, 10 am – 2 pm

• Senior Expo - Hosted by Rep. Rick Saccone, Elizabeth Borough Fire Company Social Hall, 107 Market Street, Elizabeth Thursday, October 27, 10 am – 2 pm • Property Tax Reform Seminar Finleyville Community Center 3547 Marion Avenue, Finleyville, Wednesday, November 9, 6 pm Call 412-653-1025 for more information.

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Taxpayer Advocate Group Presents Property Tax Reform By Ken Askew

Revenue from the extra income and sales tax would be allocated to school districts on a per-student basis, which would result in a more equitable distribution between Do you think you pay too much to your school district wealthier and poorer school districts. Of over 500 in property taxes? The Pennsylvania Coalition of school districts in the state, about 100 are classified as Taxpayer Associations (PCTA) asserts that you are and is financially distressed. According to Baldinger, the plan proposing a solution. To discuss the proposal and at the will allow homeowners to achieve true home ownership, invitation of PA State Representative Rick Saccone (R) stabilize school funding, help prevent foreclosures, (39th Legislative District), David Baldinger, Administrator restore plummeting real estate values, boost the sagging of the Pennsylvania Taxpayers Cyber Coalition, gave a housing market, attract business to and generate jobs in presentation at a property tax forum held in the banquet Pennsylvania, create a massive stimulus for hall of the Gill Hall Volunteer Fire Company in Jefferson Pennsylvania, increase personal wealth, and stop costly Hills on September 21. reassessments. The PCTA hopes to abolish school property taxes and PA State Representative Rick Saccone (left) invited A question-and-answer session elicited the following replace the funding stream by an offsetting increase in the David Baldinger of the Pennsylvania Taxpayers sampling of inquiries from the audience: What is the Pennsylvania personal income tax by 0.50% (from the Cyber Coalition to present at a tax reform forum impact on teachers? What is the impact on renters? Is current rate of 3.07% to 3.57%) and eliminating some of attended by 40+ taxpayers. there additional infrastructure needed to administer the the 40-odd exemptions to the Pennsylvania sales tax (e.g., plan? How does this affect the school voucher system lawn mowing, landscaping, haircuts, sports and theater tickets, dry cleaning, candy, gum, magazines). Exemptions from the sales tax will and cyber schools? Are any other states implementing a similar plan? At the coninclude food and clothing; health, hospital, and dental services; prescription drugs; clusion of the meeting, the 40+ attendees were asked to cast a ballot in opposition and home health care. The PA sales tax rate of 6% (7% in some areas) will not or in favor of the PCTA Plan—every vote was in favor. Baldinger concluded by statchange. The resultant income/expenditure flow would be tax revenue neutral. If ing that “people keep telling him the plan makes so much sense, they can’t believe the plan were implemented, PCTA calculates that those paying a school property that it hasn’t already been implemented.” He predicted that legislation to adopt the tax of $1,500 per year would have to spend an additional $25K annually on newly- concept will be introduced in Harrisburg by late October 2011; Rep. Saccone will taxed items to equal what you they were paying in school property taxes. At a total support the bill. For more information on the PCTA Plan, go to or contact of $3,000 in current school property taxes, the incremental expenditure would be Baldinger at $50K.

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Board Approves New Washington County Airport Strategic Plan The Washington County Board of Commissioners has approved the New Washington Airport Strategic Plan, developed by the Redevelopment Authority of the County of Washington and is designed to identify the broad goals, strategies, actions and measures the authority will strive to achieve over the next three years. The Redevelopment Authority has been responsible for the operations and maintenance of the airport for more than a year and entered into a formal Cooperation Agreement with the County of Washington effective July 1, 2011. The overarching goals of the strategic plan focus on the airport as a major economic development generator, state-of-the-art facilities, expanded development on the Northside of the airfield and a proposed aviation-related business park named Skypointe. The plan also emphasizes on the airport as a safe and secure facility and includes steps to move the airport toward future selfsufficiency. The strategic planning process began in March 2011 at a planning session at California University of Pennsylvania facilitated by Dr. Angelo Armenti, Jr., President of the University. The strategic planning panel and drafting committee consisted of key airport stakeholders, including airport business owners, aviation engineers, pilots, fixed-base operators, economic development professionals,

elected officials and aviation advocacy groups. At the initial planning session, the panel determined that the following elements would be established as “basic philosophy” in the strategic planning process: • Washington County Airport will be a world-class general aviation airport. • Washington County Airport will serve as a catalyst for economic vitality, leading workforce development, job creation, and attraction of corporations to the county, where corporate aircraft access is important. • Tracts of land adjacent to the airport will be developed for aviationrelated businesses such as those in maintenance, repairs, avionics, paint shops, fractional ownership fleets, etc. • Land will be purchased, and a business park, Skypointe, will be developed. This is land to the north of the aviation-related facilities. The initial planning session was followed by a series of meetings, telephone conferences and drafts, all outlined in a chronology of strategic planning key events, spanning six months, aimed toward producing the final strategic planning document. The New Washington Airport Strategic Plan is complete and will guide the Redevelopment Authority of the County of Washington in its efforts to transform Washington County Airport into a world-class general aviation airport.

CASA for Kids Holds Eighth Annual Benefit Auditions CASA for Kids will hold open solo auditions for any Washington County High School-aged student at the Washington Crown Center on Saturday, October 29 at 11 a.m. Winners from the open audition will compete at Wake Up Your Dreams Finale Night at California University of Pennsylvania Main Theater at Steele Hall on Saturday, November 19 at 7 p.m. Come to the final to vote for your favorite performer. Tickets for finale are $10 for adults and $3 for students. Proceeds benefit CASA for Kids of Washington County. For more information and advance tickets to the finale, call CASA for Kids at 724-228-0414 or visit our website at

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Pennsylvania American Water Company Thanks South Park Township for Efforts in Source Water Cleanup Pictured left to right Matt Macek of Western Pennsylvania American Water, Supervisor Walter C. Sackinsky, Chairman David Buchewicz, and Supervisor Edward T. Snee.

By Andrea Earnest

Gary Lobaugh, External Affairs Manager for Western Pennsylvania, and Matt Macek, Superintendent—Field Operations, Pittsburgh, of Pennsylvania American Water Company, acknowledged the efforts of South Park Township to protect source water through their cleanup work on Peters Creek. They also offered to help next year with providing additional volunteers. The grant the township received this year from PAWC will be continued automatically next year. Two young adults, one from Bridgeville and one from South Park, offered an apology to the township and the police for an altercation that took place with the police recently. Photos

ended up on the Internet, and the young adults expressed their regret. Chairman David L. Buchewicz read a Statement of Support for the National Guard and Reserve, stating that the “Guard and Reserves are central to the strength of our nation and the well being of our communities.” In August, there were 563 service calls, 11 arrests, 6 traffic citations, 3 parking citations, 17 warnings, 5 reportable accidents, 8 non-reportable accidents, 57 emergency calls, 8 fire calls, and 2 deer calls. Supervisor Edward Snee recognized Township Manager Karen Fosbaugh for her work on the September 11 remembrance ceremony. Full minutes of the meeting are available at the Township Office. ———————————————————————————————————————— 33

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West Elizabeth Council Seeks Substitute Crossing Guard By Charlotte Hopkins

At the start of the September Elizabeth Borough Council meeting, a moment of silence was observed in honor of the 10-year anniversary of the September 11 attack. All members of the council were in attendance. Scott Pearson was in attendance to give a report on fundraising for the War Memorial. A total of $1,175 has been raised to pay for the memorial. They still need to raise approximately $300. They are selling raffle tickets for $2, and the reward is $1,600. The drawing will be held October 31. Pearson also stated that the Car Cruise scheduled in August “fell apart” due to the road work being done on Route 837. He was thankful for those who came to the unveiling of the memorial; however, he expressed that it was a “council event” and that he is “very much disappointed in the low turn-out from council.” In Other News: A substitute crossing guard is needed in West Elizabeth. There are four stops throughout the day: 7 am, 8 am, 11:30 am and 3:45 pm. Those interested in applying for the position can submit resumes and letters of interest at the West Elizabeth Borough Building to West Elizabeth Council, 800 Fourth Street, West Elizabeth, PA 15088. School crossing guard Tammy Halt submitted a letter to town council to thank Councilwoman Lisa Morris, Councilman Darryl Celestino and Pete Sporio from the street department for adding a “Bus Stop Ahead” sign to help control traffic turning off 837 and onto Viola Street. TOMKO is shutting down roads that prevent the school bus from reaching the bus stop, but it is shutting down different roads every day. There is no consistent schedule, and they are not informing the mayor or the school as to which roads will be closed or opened. Due to confusion with the garbage pick-up, Nickolich was in attendance to answer questions. Residents have stated that their garbage isn’t being picked up even though they paid their bill. Nickolich explained that there are some people who have not paid their bill but the problem has spilled over onto paying customers and they are working to remedy the situation. Customers have

said that the current use of coupon books for bill payment has caused the problem and they would prefer a paper bill instead. Nickolich explained that they issued coupon books instead of paper bills because it cuts back on their expenses. Also, for the garbage men to determine who has paid their bill when they make their rounds, stickers will be given to residents. Residents are asked to place the stickers on their garbage can or in a window so that workers can see them clearly. Pastor Floyd Hughes and Reverend Walt Pietschmann held a September 11 Memorial Service at the baseball field. West Elizabeth Fire Chief Mike Dell expressed thanks for the service. He said they did a great job and the firefighters appreciated it. Council President Louise Biddle thanked Dell for the work the firefighters did in cleaning up the area for the service and for dressing up for the event. The street department is looking for volunteers to paint the picnic benches. Resident Gary Halt complained about the service from the Elizabeth Borough Police. He stated they were doing fine after the contract was renewed but have slacked since.The two officers who received the majority of the complaints were Officer Butler and Officer Verno. Mayor Harrington discussed the issue of Officer Butler lacking in his duties with Officer-in-Charge Snelson, but no progress has been made. Halt told of an incident where he called 911 for assistance with a suspicious vehicle, and the police never responded. Officer Verno was working that evening. In defense of the Elizabeth police, Biddle stated that she received a complaint about Officer Snelson spending too much time in the Borough Building and they wanted to know why he was there so long. She responded by saying, “Do you question a pastor when he goes into the church? Do you question a teacher when she goes into a classroom? Then you don’t question an officer when he is over here working.” Resident Jim Halt stated, “If the cop is here what more can you ask for?” The Elizabeth Borough Police answered 33 calls for the month of August and handed out 9 traffic citations.

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Heavy Truck Traffic Expected to Increase in Union Township By Paul Chasko

Discussion of an expected increase in heavy truck traffic over Union Township (UT) roadways occupied the supervisors for a portion of the September 12 board meeting. Road damage control will be a major concern in UT. A new 48-inch natural gas collection pipeline through the township, more Marcellus gas wells at Trax Farms and along Patterson Road, coal stripping at the BDH property along Cardox Road and logging are expected in the near future. All these activities will generate heavy truck traffic—in some cases, heavier than our roads were designed to carry. Overweight vehicles (OWVs) require a permit and bonding to use UT roads. Unfortunately, there’s a cap on bonding set by the state that’s too low. Some companies have severely damaged roadways in the past (e.g., Airport and Garvin roads). The bond funds they give up are insufficient to repair the road damage. Solicitor Dennis Makel has drafted an ordinance approving the use of a “Heavy Hauling Agreement” in UT. The agreement will make the hauler liable for any and all road repair costs. It increases the permit fee for OWVs and provides for a $3,000 fee to be placed in escrow to handle administrative costs incurred by UT. These costs would include fees for road inspections and videotaping conditions of the roadways prior to and after use by OVWs and for any attorney fees if needed. According to Solicitor Makel, videotaped road

inspections before and after damage occurs are crucial to successful litigation. A related problem is restricting the trucks to roads or portions of roads that they’re permitted to use; violations have occurred in the past. With the absence of local police, this will be difficult to control without at least part-time local police coverage. Changes to the ordinance suggested by the supervisors will be incorporated prior to approval. One of these changes will address recovery of road damage repair costs resulting from cuts or boring for pipelines crossing under roadways.

Airport Saga Continues Attorney Gerald Cook and a representative for Finleyville Airport LLC inquired about the enforcement of the ordinance requiring the trimming or removal of trees impeding clear access to their runway. At the July UT meeting, the supervisors authorized the UT Engineer to determine the height to which the trees needed to be trimmed. The UT Engineer has yet to submit this data. Cook stated that the cutting heights generated as part of the PennDOT (Aviation) inspection should be adequate. He also had little hope that the airport will be successful in purchasing and thus maintaining the property. He once again reminded the Board that there were grant funds available for removing the tress and that they would be back next month to see if action has been taken. In the interim, he said, “A potential liability exists for the township if action is not taken.

UT Engineer to Make Sewage tions and other hardware costs and all other costs pertaining to the officer’s Recommendations PA Act 537 requires a plan to address growth for public sewage throughout the state, including the Peters Creek Watershed. Every municipality contributes by submitting local plans due in October, which the DEP melds into a regional plan. Chuck Wilson, the UT representative to the Peters Creek Sanitary Authority (PCSA), reported at this meeting that the Clairton Municipal Authority (CMA), which handles the PCSA sewage treatment at their plant, has presented options for expansion of their plant that will likely result in significantly higher rates for many UT customers. Wilson also reported that PCSA is still considering divorcing itself from CMA by building its own plant along Snee Road in UT, which, by current projections, should provide lower sewage rates than those projected by CMA. Board Chairman Parish stated that he would not be in favor of a sewage plant in UT. The UT Engineer will likely report his recommendations to the UT Board before the end of October. Board Considers Proposal for PartTime Police Coverage The UT Board has received a proposal from the Southwest Regional Police Force (SWR) for part-time coverage in UT. The proposal suggests coverage of 56 hours per week at $46 per hour, with SWR providing vehicles, communica-

benefits. That’s about $134,000 annually, yet another figure of $184,000 per year was mentioned. The difference may have involved gasoline costs for patrols. It was suggested that a workshop be scheduled to review the proposal.

Two New Positions Approved The board approved advertising for an additional road crew employee. Board Chairman Steve Parish will draft an ad for a “Truck Driver/Operator.” Interviews had been ongoing for an assistant for UT Secretary/Treasurer Judith Taylor. According to most board members, it’s been clear that she needs assistance in the operations of the UT office. The supervisors on the interview committee hired Debra Nigon, who according to the committee is highly qualified and has significant and directly-related experience for the position, allowing her to share duties with Taylor. Subsequent to this approval, the following position changes were made: Nigon will be offered the position of Secretary/Assistant Treasurer, and Taylor’s position is now Assistant Secretary/Treasurer. The vote to make the above changes was 4/1. Chairman Parish voted against the motion believing that the township would have been better served by hiring a township manager.

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Elizabeth Borough Council Commends Officer Joe Kozarian By Alice Harris

The August meeting of the Elizabeth Borough Council opened with guest Mary Black relating the deplorable conditions of the neighborhood surrounding her home including abandoned properties, garbage, high weeds, stink bugs, and rodents, and that the roadway has a sink hole and is in horrible condition. Council will look into this, as when such a situation is considered a health hazard the Borough can step in to clean up the property and lien the owner.

FEMA will be holding a seminar September 6-7 in regard to the latest studies on flooding, new flood plain maps, those in the flood plains, and insurance rates. Solicitor Pat McGrail will attend. In continued efforts to keep Elizabeth Borough safe, Mayor David Householder again reiterated that should residents see anyone or anything suspicious they should please call 911 and report. Elizabeth Police Officer Joe Kozarian was complimented for his excellent handling of an emergency situation

on August 18 when a full gasoline tank separated from a truck and broke, spilling gasoline into the sewage system. His quick actions prevented gasoline from entering the water system. Ordinances governing the parking of vehicles during events, the placement and removal of trash, and the times garbage is to be set out were approved. Curbs on the right side of Fifth Street need to be repaired. Council will check into funding that may be available for this project. Elizabeth did not receive the full $27,000 of its 2011

CBDG grant to repair Williamsport Road. to Strawberry. They will apply in 2012 for another grant to repair Grant Street Cemetery Hill steps, which have a few boards missing and will be repaired prior to the start of school. Council approved the hire of Officer Dave Barnett to the Elizabeth Borough Police Department. Allegheny County Health Department is giving two free battery smoke alarms to homeowners in Allegheny County. Phone 412-2477800 or visit their website to inquire.

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Monongahela City Council Proposes Ordinances, Plans for Parades By Ken Askew

Three residents spoke about their concerns, to open the Monongahela City Council meeting on September 14, 2011. (1) Carla Roman announced that the Monongahela Senior Citizen Center is in need of runners and drivers for their Meals on Wheels program. (2) Bob Patterson, of Pittsburgh Flexicore (located in Monongahela), expressed his displeasure that a company from Johnstown, PA was selected to supply precast concrete material for the Aquatorium renovation. His company provided the product when the facility was built in 1969, and felt that the City should have bought from a local company again, especially since he helped the planners by providing drawings and specifications from the original structure. Flexicore submitted a bid for the job, but a second round of bidding was required, since the bids exceeded the funding amount. In the second round, they were not the low bidder. (3) A 15-month resident of Monongahela said she is happy with her

new abode, but is wary of adolescent behavior near the intersection of 4th Street and 3rd Avenue. Teens there roam the street at 2:30 AM. Police Chief Brian Tempest says their curfew on weekends is 11:00 PM. Kids used to hang out at the Aquatorium until the renovation started, but were moved by police due to safety reasons. Then, they congregated behind McDonalds & Subway, only to be moved again, this time to Chess Park. Tempest has at least two officers on duty 24/7, and reminded residents they could call 911 at any time to make an anonymous report of any suspicious activity. The first reading of three proposed Ordinances was completed; they will be advertised, then voted on at the next Council meeting: (1) Ordinance #3-2011 provides for the local implementation of PA Act 32 of 2008, which requires municipalities to centralize the collection of earned income and net profits taxes. The tax collection is currently applied only to residents, but non-residents of an entity will now also be subject to collection.

(2) Ordinance #4-2011—the Local Services Tax will repeal and replace the Occupational Privilege Tax. (3) Ordinance #5-2011 will authorize Council to join the Smart Government Initiative (PA Act 180); eight other municipalities are already members. Membership costs $200, and Council has the option to withdraw at any time. The following three parades are scheduled in October: (1) a firemen’s parade on October 6 at 6:00 p.m. (2) a Halloween parade on October 26 at 6:30 p.m. (3) a Pooch Parade on October 29 at noon. Owners are encouraged to dress their pets in costume. Additionally, Susan Withers, of the Monongahela Area Revitalization Corporation (MARC) displayed one of five new Pet Waste Stations which the organization bought with funds raised at Pooch Parades. The metal poles have attached to them a roll of plastic bags and a garbage can, to be used for disposal of pet waste in Chess Park, the Aquatorium, and Mounds Park. With-

ers also announced MARC’s 5th annual town meeting, to be held at First Niagara Bank on September 19, 2011. The topic will be “The Revitalization of the Community Through Population Growth”. To keep up with today’s technology, Chief Tempest reported that all police cars now are equipped with video cameras; soon, they will also have laptop computers. TRN Communications in New Eagle has donated a $500 radio for the police department’s office. This month’s beautification award was given to the property at 601 Meade Street. Council approved the purchase of a 2007 4-wheel-drive truck for the Street Department, for less than $10K. After a meeting with PennDOT about the condition of state Routes 136, 837, and 88, the City has drafted a letter to them requesting repairs of the crumbling concrete islands and deteriorating road surface on Route 88 at the bottom of the hill leading up to the Monongahela Valley Hospital. Halloween Trick or Treating is scheduled for October 29 from 6-8:00 PM.

Nottingham Considers Cooperative Agreement with Finleyville and New Eagle By J.R. Brower

Finleyville Mayor Michael Kutsek spoke to the Nottingham Board of Supervisors at their September 19 meeting to ask them to consider allowing Nottingham Township to enter into an inter-municipal agreement with Finleyville and New Eagle boroughs. The agreement would give the three municipalities together more clout in seeking gaming revenue to put towards grant for writing comprehensive plans and ordinances. Kutsek explained that Finleyville and New Eagle have already pledged $10,000 each to the effort, and he asked the Nottingham supervisors to match that amount in order be part of the joint venture. “Every match of $10,000 will get $15,000 to $20,000 in grant money,” he said. He reminded that grants have to be approved by the Gaming Commission. The reason that communities often band together to seek gaming revenue

is that in years past, smaller municipalities seem to have gotten the smaller portion of gaming revenue allocations. The county agency that approves the gaming revenue distributions seems to favor those communities with larger populations. Nottingham, with a population of 3,600, hasn’t been successful with gaming revenue requests. Doug King reminded Kutsek that they were shot down on their gaming money request several years ago to fund lights for McDonald Field in Sherwood Park. Support letters from State Sen. Tim Solobay and State Rep. Rick Saccone will be requested to accompany the grant application to the Gaming Commission, said Kutsek, and the grants will be awarded in February. All three supervisors seemed impressed with the proposal, and Board Chairman Peter Marcoline recommended that it be on the agenda for the October 3 meeting. In other business at their September

19 meeting, the Board of Supervisors: Received notification from GAI Consultants, Inc. that Appalachia Gathering, LLC has informed the PA DEP that it intends to soon begin its Appalachia Pipeline Project North. The project will consist of the installation of approximately 35 miles of natural gas pipeline. The pipeline will deliver Marcellus Shale natural gas from new gas production wells in Washington and Greene counties to an interstate pipeline system that traverses Greene County from west to east. Plans call for location of the pipeline through the following townships – Peters, Union, Nottingham, Carroll, Fallowfield, Centerville, Deemston, East Bethlehem, Jefferson, Morgan and West Pike Run. Acknowledged receipt of Amerikohl Mining, Inc. surface mining permit for the Sans Surface Mine from the PA DEP that was issued on September 13. The inspector for the sight will be

Mine Conservation Inspector Keith Lucas. Appeals on the issuance must be filed with the Environmental Hearing Board within 30 days of receipt of written notice. The board also acknowledged receipt of information from Amerikohl satisfying the conditions set forth by the Board of Supervisors for the Sans Surface Mine. Revealed that the board received an Act 537 Plan Update from Peters Creek Sanitary Authority for review. Peters Township Manager Mike Silvestri is scheduling a meeting to discuss the updated plan with all affected municipalities. Nottingham Solicitor James Liekar said that all municipalities in PCSA’s area would have to approve their service agreement. He also said that he heard information that the authority wants to build a new sewage treatment plant. He recommended that the Board of Supervisors hold a meeting with engineers from PSCA to find out themselves what is going on.

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New Eagle Council Stymied by Berdars’ Absences By Ken Askew

The New Eagle Borough Council meeting was without a quorum, and therefore had to be rescheduled due to the absence of three of five Council members. On September 6, 2011, Marty Hancock could not attend due to a work schedule conflict. To the contrary, Mike Berdar and Rona Berdar were also absent, but without notification or excuse. This is the 4th meeting this year Mr. Berdar missed, and the 6th meeting this year Mrs. Berdar missed. Council President Jack Fine, Councilman Archie Caseber, and Mayor Glenn Petticord voiced concern about the Berdars’ lack of attendance. Nevertheless, Council had a short discussion about the weed and dog feces problems at 142 and 146 Morton Street. Mayor Petticord reported that citations have been issued to the homeowners, and the case is now before Magistrate Wilson. If no response is received from the perpetrators, warrants will be enforced by the police. Petticord stated that many of the 150 ordinance violations incurred each year are by a minority of residents who are repeat offenders. The rescheduled Council meeting was held on September 15, at which the following items were discussed. A resident asked about the list of garbage bill non-payers, which is posted in the Borough building. Good progress has been made, since the original list of 130 names is down to

40--many of which are renters. If the renters do not pay, ultimately the property owners are liable. Mayor Mike Kutsek of Finleyville attended the meeting to propose a joint application by New Eagle, Finleyville, and Nottingham for a grant funded by local gaming revenues. Purpose of the grant will be for a wide-ranging update of each municipality’s ordinances and comprehensive plans. Value of the grant is projected to be $40--$70K. Each Borough or Township must pledge matching funds, so New Eagle Council unanimously approved $10K in expenditures for this effort. A 1st reading of two proposed ordinances for local implementation of PA Act 32 was conducted, for (1) a centralized collection of tax on net income and profit, and (2) a local service tax addressing withholding of taxes from employees at a rate of $52/year. The ordinances will be advertised, given a 2nd reading at the next monthly Council meeting, and then voted upon. A public paper recycling container has been placed at the New Eagle Volunteer Fire Department’s Social Hall on Chess Street. No cardboard will be accepted. The Borough will be paid $5 per ton, for up to four tons per month. In anticipation of New Eagle’s Centennial Celebration in the summer of 2012, souvenir T-shirts, coffee mugs, and water bottles are for sale in the Borough office.

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New Ordinances and Parking Issues Means Busy Night for Finleyville Council By Paul Chasko

The September Meeting of the Finleyville Borough Council was a busy one. Three ordinances were reviewed – one for passage and two others approved for advertising and possible passage at the October meeting. Some parking issues were addressed as well. The first ordinance addressed provisions for building setbacks and yard requirements for new construction and building alterations in the Borough. It was adopted and will become ordinance #2 for 2011. The ordinance provides setback requirements on a street-by-street basis. The stated goal of this ordinance was to preserve the aesthetic qualities of the Borough by maintaining uniform setbacks and yard limits common to all structures along any street. Modifications to the ordinance over the past several meetings limit new

structures, additions or alterations to the structure footprint that existed at the time this ordinance was adopted or to the limits set by the ordinance. Also, a requirement for Borough Council approval was added to the ordinance, which includes a review of drawings and/or plans of any new structure or alterations or changes to an existing structure. Waivers to the setbacks cited in the ordinance will be considered by the Council in cases where the property owner can prove hardship under the existing requirements. The second ordinance was approved for advertising, and reading was waived. It establishes the requirements for collection of the local services tax by employers within the Borough (annual $10 occupation tax). By this ordinance, the employer is authorized to deduct the tax for each employee and to pay the tax to the agency designated by the Washington

County Tax Collection Committee. The third ordinance was approved for advertising and possible adoption at the October meeting and provides for the adoption of the International Property Maintenance Code (IPMC) by the Borough - 2009 edition. This code governs the conditions and maintenance of all property, buildings and structures to assure that they are safe, sanitary and fit for occupation and use; and the condemnation of buildings and structures unfit for human occupancy and use, and the demolition of such existing structures in the Borough of Finleyville. Dan Mulkern was present at the meeting to inquire about the procedures used by the Borough to direct and approve parking signs in the Borough. His concerns were the twohour parking limit signs recently placed in the vicinity of his new apartment building on Washington Avenue and the signs along Cliff Street directing parking on one side only – also in the vicinity of one of his buildings. Council President Tim Kegel stated that placement of signs within the borough needed council approval. No council member at the meeting remembered approving a motion to place these signs. Kegel subsequently ordered the signs removed. Further discussion indicated that parking within the borough is becoming limited. Russ Allridge was

the only other resident present at the meeting and expressed his opinion that the signs were a good idea or else the parking spots will be used all day by residents (homeowners and renters), leaving less room for business parking. There was no council discussion about leaving the signs in place. Mulkern added that he wanted to continue development in Finleyville and didn’t want it to turn into a “ghost town” like the rest of the Mon Valley. It’s been clear from prior interviews that there are residents not thrilled with the impacts of development in Finleyville. “It’s been clear that these same residents have not been bringing their issues before council for discussion and resolution,” said Mayor Kutsek. “If residents have issues and/or complaints, they need to be brought before the council in their open meetings (the first Wednesday of each month).” Police Chief Brian Tempest reported that the two individuals involved in a shooting incident last winter at Bob’s Tavern have pleaded guilty, due in part to the overwhelming evidence provided by witnesses to the incident. The shooter may receive 7-14 years, and his accomplice may receive 3-6 years imprisonment. He also reported that there was a drug issue in the borough that should be resolved in the next two months. For additional details on this meeting, visit

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Jefferson Hills Council Commends Local Scout’s Project By Jim Caldwell

By J.R. Brower

The Nottingham Township Board of Supervisors made it clear at their September 19 meeting that they will be the ones to decide which roads Range Resources will use when the company begins their first gas-drilling venture in the township soon. The Southpointebased natural gas driller had already notified Nottingham officials of their intent to begin operations soon on property located on Gilkeson Road in the western part of the township. In early September, a representative from Range e-mailed the board requesting that they review an “Excess Maintenance Agreement” for possible use. After looking over the document, Board Chairman Peter Marcoline reflected at the meeting that he has problems with it. Both he and Supervisor Doug King agreed that the “Excess Maintenance Agreement” contained ambiguous and confusing language sometimes referred to as “legalese.” With deciphering help from Township Solicitor James Liekar, all three supervisors interpreted the message of the document to infer that Range had their own plan regarding to road use to and from their drilling site. The hydraulic fracturing process used to tap Marcellus Shale natural gas uses vast amounts of materials and water, requiring hundreds of truck trips over at least a month’s time. The supervisors are well aware of that from firsthand experience with the other company

that is drilling for natural gas in Nottingham. Chesapeake Energy completed their first well in the township earlier this year off Cooper Road. This was after Nottingham Township passed their gas-drilling ordinance last fall that includes specifications for designated truck routes and terms for road bonding to ensure repair of damaged roads when drilling is finished. Referring to the ordinance, Marcoline said, “We have a road use and maintenance agreement in place. Chesapeake used it, and Range can use it too.” King said that Range Resources will most likely be required to use Sundust Road as a designated truck route to get to Route 136 from their drilling site on Gilkeson Road. He said that Sundust Road will suffer heavy truck traffic due to the fact that Amerikohl also will use the road to haul coal from their surface mining site in the southwestern part of the township. Liekar reminded the board of the difficulty in enforcing designated truck routes but agreed that Range should comply with the ordinance and use roads designated by the township. He also suggested that the township road bonds that Range signs be written to list the routes they are required to use. The board agreed that the township send an e-mail reply back to Range telling them that they should plan their drilling activities according to the stipulations in Nottingham’s road maintenance agreement as specified in the ordinance.

Council Members had high praise for the young man at the podium at the September 12, 2011 regular meeting of the Jefferson Hills Council. Greg Messmer, a Boy Scout from Troop 1843, based at the Jefferson United Methodist Church, explained his project to obtain his Eagle Scout Award. Having already presented a couple of pictorial sketches, the Thomas Jefferson High School Junior proposed creating a better sign for the Gill Hall Community Center and Park. Presently, the signage is only a banner strapped to the fence surrounding the courts. Messmer designed and will build with his own materials a sign and place it in the ground by next spring in time for the new season of playing, picnics, gatherings and the like. President Chris King, in particular, congratulated him for his service to the community, commenting that his own son was now a Cub Scout and he never realized how much work goes into scouting. Council authorized the sales of used Borough vehicles to both Gill Hall Volunteer Fire Company and 885 Volunteer Fire Company. In the same vein, they authorized advertising for bids for sale of various other Borough vehicles and equipment to the public. Residents should check the Borough website for details. Financial decisions included: • $92,542.50 to Soli Construction, Inc. for the 2011 Sanitary Sewer Open Cut Repairs Project

• $11,788.08 to SHACOG (contractor – Triton Services, Inc.) for the Sanitary Sewer Manhole Rehabilitation Project • $47,951.30 to State Pipe Services, Inc. for the final payment for the 2011 Sanitary Sewer Lining Repairs Project and, • $7,045.00 to Metro Fence Company, Inc. to replace the fence at Tepe Park. After a valid discussion, the Council unanimously voted to adopt Ordinance No. 818 to join the Pennsylvania Local Government Investment Trust. Members in the know as well as the Borough Financial Officer recommended this action to obtain better rates and therefore some better returns on a portion of funds for the new bond recently established for capital projects such as the building of a new Public Works Facility. Monica Stoicovy reported for the Library Board that the Jefferson Hills Library had obtained 15 new computers and 2 new laptops over the summer. This autumn, they will upgrade the broadband to better serve the needs of the community. The summer reading program was a grand success with 441 readers. In the general business of the meeting, Council voted to give $1,000 to the library for new Christmas decorations, as the old ones have deteriorated. All members of Council and the staff were present except Mayor Michael Green, who had conflicting meetings to attend. â&#x20AC;&#x201D;â&#x20AC;&#x201D;â&#x20AC;&#x201D;â&#x20AC;&#x201D;â&#x20AC;&#x201D;â&#x20AC;&#x201D;â&#x20AC;&#x201D;â&#x20AC;&#x201D;â&#x20AC;&#x201D;â&#x20AC;&#x201D;â&#x20AC;&#x201D;â&#x20AC;&#x201D;â&#x20AC;&#x201D;â&#x20AC;&#x201D;â&#x20AC;&#x201D;â&#x20AC;&#x201D;â&#x20AC;&#x201D;â&#x20AC;&#x201D;â&#x20AC;&#x201D;â&#x20AC;&#x201D;â&#x20AC;&#x201D;â&#x20AC;&#x201D;â&#x20AC;&#x201D;â&#x20AC;&#x201D;â&#x20AC;&#x201D;â&#x20AC;&#x201D;â&#x20AC;&#x201D;â&#x20AC;&#x201D;â&#x20AC;&#x201D;â&#x20AC;&#x201D;â&#x20AC;&#x201D;â&#x20AC;&#x201D;â&#x20AC;&#x201D;â&#x20AC;&#x201D;â&#x20AC;&#x201D;â&#x20AC;&#x201D;â&#x20AC;&#x201D;â&#x20AC;&#x201D;â&#x20AC;&#x201D;â&#x20AC;&#x201D; 40


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7jh^cZhhBZgX]VciCZlh Local Comfort Keepers Expands Offices The local Comfort Keepers inhome care agency located at 5824 Brownsville Road has expanded into a former garage, providing 40% more office space. The construction work required rebuilding the former garage walls and foundations and Architect Mark Fickley and General Contractor Kevin Mason have tied the old and new looks together with an attractive color scheme accented by a decorative awning. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve grown by 50% over the last two years, requiring us to expand our office Comfort Keepers Office Staff (from left to right): space to accommodate additional Tom Donohue, Mame Donohue, Jackie Greenwald, staff and training facilities,â&#x20AC;? stated Charlene Romano, Ginny Spratt, Karen Meszaros, Tom Donohue, franchise owner. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I Tootie Dischner, Michele Harvey, and Ro Dunlap believe this growth is a reflection of (not pictured, DeBorah Madden). the excellent care our clients receive from our caregivers.â&#x20AC;? This growth is a trend nationwide with Comfort Keepers offices. The September 7, 2011 issue of Consumer Reports ranked Comfort Keepers as one of the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Top 10 Companies Hiring in the Nation.â&#x20AC;? Tom and Mary (Mame) Donohue opened their Comfort Keepers office 10 years ago and have been in their present location for three years. The office is well known within the in-home care community for having attentive and interactive caregivers. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We take great pride in the type of service our office provides to our clients. Many times, a Comfort Keeper becomes almost like a family member; there is often a genuine emotional attachment,â&#x20AC;? Mame stated. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Comfort Keepers is licensed by the Pennsylvania Department of Health, and the licensure process, which began just last year in Pennsylvania for non-medical in-home providers, was very easy for us because we already protected our clients with bonding, liability and workerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s compensation insurance, thorough background checks on our caregivers, infectious disease screening and extensive training.â&#x20AC;? Comfort Keepers provides services for aging adults and others needing assistance based on the days and times requested by the client. Services include personal care, meal preparation, light housekeeping, medication reminders, errands and transportation, laundry, companionship, recreational activities and more. For more information, contact the office at 412-653-6100 or or visit

Finleyville Area Chamber of Commerce to Elect Officers The Finleyville Area Chamber of Commerce will hold its monthly meeting on Tuesday, October 11 at 7 pm at the Finleyville Community Center. The agenda includes the election of officers and planning for 2012.

Tradition Reigns with New Owner of Favorite Local Restaurant Angeloâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s II Reopens Doors By Miranda Startare

A long-time favorite local restaurant is once again open after having been closed by former owners. The new owner of Angeloâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s II in Monongahela is Ryan Dzimiera. To the restaurantâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s devoted former patrons, they will certainly recognize him. Mr. Dzimiera has been a part of the Angeloâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;familyâ&#x20AC;? since he was a high school student working as a dishwasher at the restaurant. Since those early days, Dzimiera has worked in all areas of Angeloâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s II, including bartending. Before purchasing the restaurant in July 2011, Mr. Dzimiera had spent ten years learning the business and what makes Angeloâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s II in Monongahela has re-opened with Angeloâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s II such a special place for a new owner, Ryan Dzimiera. many customers. This family restaurant serves homemade Italian food, salads, and pizzas â&#x20AC;&#x201C; including the new ownerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s favorite dish, the grilled steak salad. For those who have not sampled their food, Mr. Dzimiera invites you to dine with them on any evening Monday-Saturday after 5:00 PM at their location at 111 3rd Street in Monongahela (across from McDonaldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s). For those who have eaten at Angeloâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s II over the years, welcome backâ&#x20AC;Śyour table is waiting.

Judeth Rose Ice Cream Parlor Opens in Monongahela Juan Rodriguez, noted Valley stained glass artist, will open Judeth Rose Victorian Ice Cream Parlor at 715 West Main Street, Monongahela on October 15. The parlor will feature old-fashioned, hand-packed ice cream cones, sundaes, floats, ice cream milkshakes, and their signature Picket Fence Banana Split. Judeth Rose will also offer Chicago-style hot dogs, hand-cut chips and fries, and hearty Italian-style beef sandwiches. Judeth Rose Ice Cream Parlor is a carry-out restaurant that also offers delivery to businesses in a limited area. Winter hours are 11 a.m. â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 6 p.m., Monday - Sunday.

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Mon Valley Music Centre Celebrates 35 Years of Music in New Location By Heather Matsick-Hall

Mon Valley Music Centre is proudly celebrating 35 years of “promoting musical education and appreciation” to the Mon Valley and surrounding areas. Along with celebrating their 35th anniversary, they are settling into their new address at 260 W. Main St. Monongahela, PA ( in the Detorre’s Plaza). Owners Ken and Joan Weiss are quite proud of the new facility. From the spaJoan and Ken Weiss proudly stand outside of cious front store room to the instrutheir new storefront location in Monongahela. ment repair area and the quaint lesson The Weisses are also celebrating rooms, the time and passion poured 35 years in the musical business. into this hometown shop shows. Ken Weiss recounted that he himself played an instrument all throughout his grade school years. When he graduated from Clairton High School he moved to Sioux City, Iowa to attend a trade school specializing in the maintenance and mechanics of instrument care. He shared that he was “always a bit more intrigued with the mechanics of HOW instruments worked than playing them…” Returning to the Mon Valley area, he opened his first shop in his hometown of Clairton under the name of “Ken Weiss Band Instruments and Repair” in 1976. The shop has had many homes and incarnations over the years. One such notable for those that may remember was the “Musical Brass” located in Peno’s Plaza in Monongahela. It was here that the Weisses took the store to the retail shop that we know today. Mon Valley Music Centre offers lessons in guitar (and bass), piano and band instruments. Their mission statement says: “Because music is a basic expression of human culture, every student should have access to a balanced, comprehensive and sequential program of music study.” While Ken provides lessons and cares for the instruments, Joan is more than busy taking care of all the clerical and inventory responsibilities for the store that keep it open and running seamlessly, along with their cheerful employee of more than 8 years, Lynn, who notes, “ It’s fun to be here. The customers are like family. We get to be close to our customers and their families.” Mon Valley Music Centre is located at 260 W. Main St. Monongahela, PA 15063 and is open Mon. – Thurs. from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Fri. from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sat. from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. For those interested, please call 724-258-6002 or visit their website at

Monongahela Rotary Club Inducts Mark Biagini

District Governor Jeanne Morrison recently made her “official visit” to the Monongahela Rotary Club on August 18. The Rotarians heard about the goals and plans for the coming year, as well Mark Biagini of Finleyville was inducted into as progress being made to end polio the Monongahela Rotary Club on August 18 by worldwide. Morrison also inducted the District Governor Jeanne Morrison. newest member of the Monongahela Rotary Club, Mark Biagini, a chiropractor practicing in Finleyville. Rotary District 7330 consists of 42 clubs and over 1,200 members.

Monthly Pizza Puzzler! Win a FREE Large “Grande” 1-topping Pizza from Vocelli Pizza*! Two (2) lucky winners every month! Just fill in the correct answers to the questions below, and write your name, address and telephone number on the entry form. Then mail in your entry form to the Union-Finley Messenger. Each month we will draw two (2) local winners from all correct entries. Winners will receive a gift certificate good for one (1) FREE Large “GRANDE” pizza from Vocelli Pizza. Remember to look for a new Monthly Pizza Puzzler every month, and send in your entry form! (*Good only at Finleyville location. One entry per household per month. Employees of the Union-Finley Messenger; Haniford Enterprises LLC, or Vocelli Pizza are not eligible.)

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(Deadline for entries is October 10)

Find the answers to these three (3) questions somewhere within this edition of the Union-Finley Messenger. Who are the owneres of South Hills Chocolates? When is the South Park “Friends” 2011 Fall Book Sale? What is the name of the Eagle Scout who assisted the Washington Symphony Orchestra? Name: Address: Phone Number: Entry forms should be submitted to: Union-Finley Messenger, Attention: “Monthly Pizza Puzzler,” P.O. Box 103, Finleyville, PA 15332

Congratulations to our September Pizza Puzzler winners! LOIS HENRY - New Eagle • KATHY FEICK- Finleyville

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Grand Openings! Look what’s new in Town

Steel City Chocolates Offers Creative Concoctions By Mike Ference

South Hills Chocoholics, rejoice! Steel City Chocolates, located in Jefferson Hills on Route 51, just a mile or so north of the Route 43 exit, is open and ready to satisfy all of your chocolate cravings. The store opened in June 2011 when sisters Amy Coyle and Carrie Daerr teamed up and took the plunge into business to offer the chocolate gifts and treats they had been making for friends and relatives for years before. Many Steel City customers stop in daily for some of their favorite treats. Chocolate lovers Janis Salka and her husband, Dan Salaj, can’t make it to work at Bowser Automotive without a visit to the shop first. “It’s nice to have such a sweet place to stop on our way to work. We love their hand-dipped marshmallows, which are coated with caramel, toasted coconut and milk chocolate, and the pretzel bark,” says Salka. “Once you taste Steel City Chocolates’ handmade creations, you can’t help but go back for more.” The couple also likes the many artistic and creative surprises they find at the shop every time they stop. “We use only the finest ingredients, no preservatives, and all-natural products, and every piece of chocolate is handmade and put out for sale once it meets our standard of excellence,” Coyle points out. “Nothing we sell is prepackaged,” Daerr adds. “We only have a tempering machine for warming our chocolate to a desired temperature, everything else is done hands on.”

Steel City Chocolates accepts individual orders as well as offers group sales for fundraising, corporate promotions and other special events. “We sit down with our clients and take their ideas from conception to completion, including special packaging to add flair to the presentation,” says Coyle. “We also have molds for every occasion so we can create any chocolate message for any chocolate occasion.” For fundraising events and groups sales, customers should place orders about four to six weeks in advance; two to three weeks is needed for special orders and holiday gift baskets. Steel City Chocolates is open Monday through Friday, 10 am to 6 pm, and Saturday from 11 am to 5 pm. For more information, call 412-403-5948 or visit

New Café Opens in Monongahela at the Spartan Health Surgicenter By Ken Askew

Italian sandwich. The proprietor, Amy Ditta, has 25 years of experience in the food industry. She says her low prices At work, wouldn’t it be great to have a keep a steady flow of customers, as well as an place to buy lunch in your building, instead emphasis on customer service, the use of fresh, of going outside when the weather is top-quality ingredients, and—of course—the coninclement? That’s just what employees can venience of being located in the Spartan Health do now at the Spartan Health Surgicenter. Surgicenter building. Amy prides herself on listenAs of September 7, 2011, the Spartan Café ing to her customers’ feedback, and providing has been open for business, serving the selections accordingly. building’s employees, out-patients, and their The building opened six years ago, providing families. The Café is located in Suite 210, only two vending machines to supply snacks and just a few steps from the main entrance of beverages, so Amy said: “The employees, patients, the building, which is located next to and their families are very excited and delighted to Coyle Curtain Road, between Route 88 have quick and ready access to a variety of choices and Exit 39 (Charleroi – Donora) of the Amy Ditta (center) displays samples of the delectable food for food and beverage needs. They are glad we are Mon Valley Expressway (PA Turnpike 43). with her employees, Deb Mayotte and Dan Harvey. here, and we’re glad to be here.” Hungry customers can purchase a contiThe Spartan Café is located at 100 Stoops Drive in Monongahela. They nental breakfast or lunch. The menu includes salads, sandwiches, wraps, snacks, and beverages. Sandwiches are reasonably priced, from $3.95 to are open from 6:45 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Monday – Friday and are closed on $5.95. Luncheon specials are available. Their most popular item is an weekends. You can reach the café at 724-478-4223.

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MMVTA Offers Complimentary Transit to the Mon Valley Job Fair The Mid Mon Valley Transit Authority (MMVTA) is offering free transit to the Mon Valley Career Link, located in Donora, to the Mon Valley Job Fair at The Willow Room on Thursday, October 6 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Its Get It FREE transit offer is designed to help individuals who are currently unemployed or underemployed to better their position in today’s economy and workforce. The “Get an INTERVIEW. Get a RIDE. Get the JOB. Get 10 trips on US.” program allows qualified Valley residents to ride the bus anywhere in the MMVTA service area, including downtown Pittsburgh, when traveling to a job interview. MMVTA will give those who register for the program up to three complimentary round trips for interview travel and an extra bonus if an interview leads to a new job. For more information on the campaign or the Mon Valley Job Fair, or to enroll for your free bus fare, visit or call 724-4890880.

Consol Energy Donates to Employees’ Choice

BUSINESS & MERCHANT NEWS ———————————————————————————————————————— 43 As a result of Consol Energy's last quarter without a lost time accident, its “Working Safely for a Cause” employee safety program donated $3,500 to the employees’ charity of choice, City Mission. Consol Energy Superintendent Byron Payne and City Mission President/CEO Dean Gartland proudly display the “check.”

Women’s Business Network Open to Area Women Business Owners The Women's Business Network is open to area women business owners and those in sales seeking networking opportunities to expand their contacts and share ideas to help grow their business. Meeting agendas include self-marketing, a business presentation by an individual member, a table topic discussion and networking. Each of the various local chapters meets twice a month on the following dates and locations. • The Mount Lebanon Chapter meets on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays, October 11 and 25, at 8:30 a.m. at the Crowne Plaza on Fort Couch Road. For more information, contact Sue Baumgart at 412-759-3965. • The South Hills Chapter meets on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays, October 6 and 20, at 8 a.m. at King's Restaurant, 155 McMurray Road, Upper St Clair. For more information, contact Jennifer Ohrman at 412-5315055. • The McMurray Chapter meets on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays, October 12 and 26, at 8:30 a.m. at The Meadows (bowling alley), 210 Race Track Road, Washington. For more information, contact Sallie Dunn at 724503-4500. • The Washington Chapter meets the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays, October 12 and 26, at 8:30 a.m. at Panera Bread, 108 Trinity Pointe Drive, Washington. For more information, contact Jessica Kestler at 412-838-0064.

Dynamic Martial Arts Celebrates 15th Anniversary With Family Offer

Paul Czerniak of Dynamic Martial and his 7year-old daughter, Eliza, who also trains at his school. She one day hopes to take over her daddy’s operation.

Paul Czerniak of Dynamic Martial Arts would like to invite everyone to celebrate his 15th anniversary with him and his students. He and his wife Kara opened Dynamic Martial Arts in 1996, with a class of 12 students. It was, and has, remained a family-run business for 15 years. “I am blessed to have had so many wonderful students throughout the years. I still see my grown students when I'm out and about, and they always come up to me and ask about the school and how I'm doing. It's a bond that really lasts," says Czerniak. "I wanted to celebrate our anniversary by throwing a party for my students, but I also wanted to extend the celebration to everyone by offering a can'tpass-it-up special for families.” For their 15th anniversary, Dynamic Martial Arts will offer a family special, where the entire family can train for the month of October for only $115. The offer is good for both their locations, in Liberty Boro and Pleasant Hills. For more information, call the school at 412-673-0576.

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Getting the Dirt on Dugan Landscaping by Heather Kelley-Latorre

With a nickname like “Dirt,” it’s no wonder that William Dugan got into the landscaping business. But it really all started when his favorite ‘70s Steelers player was linebacker Dennis “Dirt” Winston. Dugan’s friends began calling him the same, and the name stuck permanently when he, quite literally, built an entire business around dirt. Twenty-five years later, William “Dirt” Dugan Landscaping Inc. has grown from just one employee to seven and specializes in retaining walls and patio pavers, as well as custom-design landscaping and water features. Dugan’s all-season retaining wall service, which comes with a five-year guaranWilliam “Dirt” Dugan of Dirt Dugan Landscaping tee, touts many options with various materials. in Finleyville comes by the nickname honestly. Although they do not offer lawn cutting services, We’re sure his buddy, Jenna, loves to play they can replace a tired lawn with beautiful new sod in the dirt all day, too! in the spring or fall. They also offer year-round trimming and pruning service to make your home look alive and well-maintained. To get the dirt on Dugan Landscaping, check out the photo gallery on its website ( to see the company’s work range of pavers, retaining walls, shade gardens and waterfalls. As a fully insured contractor, and with membership in half-a-dozen horticultural society associations, William “Dirt” Dugan Landscaping is “ready to transform your yard or repair your retaining walls.” Dirt Dugan is located in Finleyville at 226 Patterson Road. For more information, call 724-348-4476. ———————————————————————————————————————— 45

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Peters Township Chamber Hosts Luncheon for New Teachers The Peters Township Chamber of Commerce recently hosted a welcome luncheon at Rolling Hills Country Club for new teachers coming into the Peters Township School District. Pictured are Brian Griffin, middle school; Michelle Hanna, McMurray; Kara Biroscak, middle school and McMurray; Kelly Borra, McMurray; Amanda Juarin, Bower Hill; David Clagett, high school; Lindsey Myers, high school; Jay Livingston, high school; and Meredith Price, high school. Not pictured is Kristen Lanzilatti, McMurray. The chamber also welcomed six new administrators to the district.

Have a Problem That You Can’t Seem to Solve on Your Own? It Might be “Time 2 Talk” to Deidre By: Samantha Milton

Deidre Kuban, a resident of Nottingham Township, has been a mediator for the past 30 years in a variety of different capacities. However, she has recently decided to start her own mediator consulting service. “A lot of people are not aware that they can settle their issues with a mediator instead of having to call an attorney. That’s why I started, ‘Time 2 Talk’,” commented Kuban. While ‘Time 2 Talk’ does not yet have a permanent location, Kuban is easily accessible via email, phone or private meetings in spaces that she rents out to fit the situation. ‘Time 2 Talk’ is a reliable resource available in order to negotiate a resolution to a dispute. Mediation is an alternative to an attorney in resolving a dispute. As a mediator, Kuban can help to talk it out and negotiate decisions that get the problem resolved. A detailed list of Kuban’s credentials can be found on her website: If you have an issue that you are trying to get resolved now is the time, Kuban will be offering a free initial phone or email consultation to those seeking mediation. She will work with you to decide if ‘Time 2 Talk’ would be a good option in resolving your dispute. Also, as a special service to the Union-Finley Messenger readers, Kuban will be responding to a question each month right here in the paper. All other questions not selected to print will be addressed by confidential e-mail. If you just can’t seem to find a resolution, it might be ‘Time 2 Talk.’ To Contact Time 2 Talk - Mediation by Deidre Phone: 412-726-1514 E-mail: Website:

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Four Dentists at Southwestern Ambulatory Surgery Center Named “Top Dentists, 2011” Center celebrates 25 years of service to the community By Jim Caldwell

Any professional will tell you that to be acclaimed by your peers for excellence in your field is the utmost compliment to your abilities. Four dentists on the staff at Southwestern Ambulatory Surgery Center on Lewis Run Road in West Mifflin recently received such an honor. Dr. Martin Eichner, an oral and maxillofacial surgeon, along with Drs. Deborah Brandes, Howard Elson and Ryan Shaw, all specialists in pediatric dentistry, were recognized in the “Top Dentists, 2011” review in Pennsylvania. Professional Research Services, an

independent research company, asked more than 1,200 licensed dentists across a 10-county area to evaluate whom they would most recommend in their specialty. The Pittsburgh list, in particular, came from local dentists and professional colleagues of the nominees. All were carefully examined on the basis of the survey results and the legitimacy of their license. Southwestern Ambulatory offers a broad range of surgical services in a variety of areas, including orthopedics and podiatry, dentistry and oral surgery, ear/nose/throat, ophthalmology, plastic surgery, urology, pain management, gas-

troenterology, and radiology. Today, there are 74 skilled personnel on the active staff roster. The center celebrates its 25th anniversary of service to the community this month as an outpatient surgery facility offering so many medical disciplines. “It was the first multiservice ambulatory center in Pennsylvania,” says Administrator Pam Wrobleski, who has been at Southwestern since it opened. “The pediatric dentists treat the highest number of children in a non-hospital setting in Western Pennsylvania. Many parents travel great distances, even from out of the state, due the outstanding reputa-

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MONONGAHELA VALLEY HOSPITAL OCTOBER EVENTS Monongahela Valley Hospital is sponsoring a variety of informative programs during October. Many of the events will be held in the Hospital’s Anthony M. Lombardi Education Conference Center (ECC) unless otherwise noted. BABY CARE CLASS – Monday, October 3 from 6:30 – 9:30 p.m., Mon-Vale HealthPLEX, Rostraver. For more information, call 724-258-BABY (2229). UNDERSTANDING YOUR MEAL PLAN – Tuesday, October 4 from 9 – 11 a.m., MonVale HealthPLEX, Rostraver. Builds on the education received in the Managing Your Diabetes program. Completion of the threeday Diabetes Self- Management Training is required. To register, call 724-258-1483. UNDERSTANDING YOUR BLOOD SUGAR READINGS – Wednesday, October 5 from 9 – 11 a.m., Mon-Vale HealthPLEX, Rostraver. Learn how to make sense out of all those blood sugar readings you document. Completion of the three-day Diabetes Self-Management Training is required. To register, call 724-258-1483. BREAST CANCER SUPPORT GROUP – Wednesday, October 5 at 6 p.m., ECC. For more information, call 724-258-1455.

PROSTATE CANCER SUPPORT GROUP – Wednesday, October 12 at 6 p.m., ECC. For more information, call 724-292-9404. INNOVATIONS IN EAR, NOSE AND THROAT CARE – Thursday, October 13 at 6 p.m., ECC. Howard Goldberg, M.D. will be present this free program as part of the MVH Innovation’s series featuring physician guest speakers providing medical information to the community. To register, call 724258-1333. AUXILIARY BOOK SALE – Friday, October 14 from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m., ECC. The Auxiliary of Mon-Vale Health Resources, Inc. is sponsoring a book sale. Books of all varieties will be available for purchase. CANCER SUPPORT GROUP – Monday, October 17 at 7 p.m., ECC. For additional information, call 724-258-1704. ADVANCED CARBOHYDRATE COUNTING – Wednesday, October 19 from 6 – 8 p.m., ECC. Diabetes self-management class that focuses on carb counting with everything you need to know. Completion of the three-day Diabetes Self Management Training is required prior to attending the Carbohydrate Counting class. To register, call 724-258-1148.

UNDERSTANDING YOUR DIABETES MEDICATIONS – Thursday, October 6 from 9 – 11 a.m., Mon-Vale HealthPLEX, Rostraver. Completion of the three-day Diabetes Self Management Training is required. To register, call 724-258-1483.

BLOOD DRIVE – Friday, October 21 from Noon - 5 p.m. To register, call 724-494-4090.

STROKE SUPPORT GROUP – Thursday, October 6 at 1 p.m., ECC. For more information, call 724-258-1455.

ADULT CPR INSTRUCTION – Tuesday, October 25 at 6 p.m., ECC. The $40 fee is payable to VHSTC and advance registration is required at 724-684-9536.

APPLE/FALL FESTIVAL – Friday, October 7 from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. A variety of plants — including mums, pumpkins and cornstalks — decorations, baked goods and a delicious menu in the comfort of the Anthony M. Lombardi Education Conference Center. For more information. call 724-258-1167. MANAGING YOUR DIABETES – Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, October 11 – 13 at 8:30 a.m., ECC. This three-day education series focuses on diabetes self-management and care. Registration is required at least one-week prior to the start of classes. To register, call 724-258-1483. RSDS Support Group – Tuesday, October 11 at 6 p.m., ECC. The Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy Syndrome Support Group is free and open to all persons with RSDS or related illnesses. For more information, call 724929-9492.

BREASTFEEDING CLASS – Monday, October 24 from 6:30 – 9:30 p.m., Mon-Vale HealthPLEX, Rostraver. For more information, call 724-258-BABY (2229).

MANAGING YOUR DIABETES – Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, October 25 – 27 from 6 – 9 p.m., ECC. This three-day education series focuses on diabetes self-management and care. To register, call 724-2581483. BREAST CANCER LUNCHEON, EDUCATION AND SCREENING – Wednesday, October 26 from 1 - 3 p.m., ECC. Learn how early detection and diagnosis can protect you and those you love from breast cancer. Physicians and other health care professionals will present the program and offer informational displays. To register, call 724-258-1333. INFANT AND CHILD CPR – Thursday, October 27 from 6 to 9 p.m. ECC. The $40 fee is payable to VHSTC and advance registration is required at 724-684-9536.

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Hospital and Fitness Center Present Living Well Event As the fall days provide less and less daylight, and food-laden, sometimes stressful holidays loom on the horizon, many people may be concerned about gaining weight this winter and managing their health in general. The Nutrition and Food Service staff from Monongahela Valley Hospital in Carroll Twp. and staff from the Center for Fitness and Health in Rostraver have teamed up to provide some free, expert guidance. Called “Living Well Through the Seasons,” this event exploring nutrition and fitness will be held at 1 p.m. on October 26 at the Mon-Vale HealthPLEX at WillowPoint Plaza in Rostraver. The event is free and open to the public and experts will discuss simple ways to achieve fitness and health benefits such as low-fat nutrition tips, stress management and healthy holiday eating. Cooking demonstrations will also be incl’uded. For more information or to register, call Denise Muzina at 724-2581320 or Michele Pfarr at 724-2581126.


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Finleyville Resident Turns 95! Many family members and friends joined John Baumgarten on August 28 to celebrate his 95th birthday! Baumgarten is a longtime Finleyville resident. He remains active in the community and can often be found mowing his grass and working in his yard. He also enjoys playing the Mayor Mike Kutsek presents John Baumgarten, who just turned 95, with a proclamation declaring August 28, 2011 “John guitar and doing Baumgarten Day” in Finleyville. crafts. He wrote and sings a song named “Goodbye to the Sweetheart of my Dreams,” which is dedicated to his late wife Madeline. Best wishes for many more, John!

Gabby Urban Donates Hair to Locks of Love After reading a Pantene ad in a magazine, Gabby Urban of Finleyville, a second grader at Ringgold Elementary School North, cut off most of her hair—that is she donated it to Locks of Love. “The ad said that hair had to be eight inches long to donate, so Gabby brought me the ad, which included a ruler, and had me measure her hair,” said her mom Erika Urban. “It was long enough, so she said ‘I want to cut all my hair off and donate it. There are kids and grownups with cancer, and those meds they take that make them better makes their hair fall out so they can use mine to make a wig. They need my hair more than I do, and it will always grow back.’” Urban took her daughter to Salon Libra in Belle Vernon, and stylist Barb Sellaro cut it. “Her father, grandparents, and myself are very proud of her,” said Erika.

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Eagle Scout Tim Palacios Assists Washington Symphony Orchestra Washington Symphony Orchestra Conductor Yugo Ikach (back, right) thanks Boy Scout Tim Palacios for his donations to the organization. Ken Courtney (front, left) and Tom Lewis demonstrate the French Horn’s sound, which will be inproved by reflectors built by Palacios and his team. Photo by Andi Kulbacki, Absolute Images, WSO photographer.

Tim Palacios, 17, a member of Boy Scout Troop 1331 led by Walter Jarosh from the VFW of Peters Township, has presented the Washington Symphony Orchestra (WSO) with several unique items. As part of his Eagle Scout project, Palacios coordinated a work crew of nine to create reflectors for the WSO’s French Horn players, with the help of volunteer leader Mark Malencia. A trumpet player himself in the Peters Township High School Marching Band, Palacios is familiar with the need for reflectors to give the best overall sound quality to the music being performed. Palacios also donated three adjustable signs that the WSO can use in the lobby at performances to direct patrons to various locations. In

addition to actually building the assistive products, Palacios had to raise funds or solicit materials to build them and garnered over $500 in funds and material donations with the help of Home Depot, Lowe’s, Miller’s Ace Hardware, and several private donations. Palacios is following in a “family tradition” of helping the WSO. His older brother Ricky designed and built sandwich board signs for his Eagle project, which the WSO has used for the past three seasons. His parents are Richard and Fanny Palacios of Peters Township. The WSO opens its 10th anniversary season on Saturday, October 8 at 8 p.m. at Trinity High School in Washington.

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Locks of Love: Gabby Urban cut her hair to donate to Locks of Love, an organization that provides to patients with cancer.

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Welcome baby Kayden Lynn Davis, born July 22, 7 lbs. 3 oz., 18 3/4 inches long. Proud parents are Holly Neidermeyer and Mike Davis of Finleyville, grandparents are Warren and Lori Willis of Finleyville and Carl and Glenda Neidermeyer of Baldwin.

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Firemen Dedicate Oldies Dance to Jim Dudas Originally scheduled as a tribute to longtime area broadcasting and music personality Jim “J.D. the D.J.” Dudas, an Oldies dance Saturday, October 29 at the Stockdale Fire Hall will carry a more poignant celebration of his life, which ended on Sunday, August 21. “People were looking forward to seeing him and to thank him for all that he had done over the years,” Marcy said. “Sadly, we lost him much too soon. But he won’t be forgotten – not at our dances or by anyone who loved and admired him. The dance will, indeed, be a celebration of his life.” “Jim was such an important part of many programs at Stockdale Volunteer Department for many years, especially the past several years with the success of our All Oldies, Only Oldies dances,” said Al Marcy, assistant fire chief and entertainment chairman at Stockdale. “We feel it is most appropriate to honor his memory and thank him for all that he did for our department and the thousands of people who enjoyed his music. His (radio) show was called Mon Valley Memories, but he perpetuated the Oldies and rekindled memories on a much broader scale throughout western Pennsylvania.” Marcy said special guests at the event will include Dudas’s wife, Mary Ann Dudas, and his brother, Michael Kozura, and his wife Missy. He also said other surprise guests are expected to attend. Ralph Trilli, Dudas’s longtime friend and fellow disc jockey at dances, reunions, classic car shows and similar events for many years, will be part of the salute to Dudas as the guest DJ presenting the music made popular by Dudas on his Mon Valley Memories show on WJPA (95.3 FM, 1450 AM) in

Washington for the past 11 years. Carl Calcara, another longtime friend and associate, will handle the technical aspects of the production. Ron Paglia, disc jockey at the original Stockdale record hops from 1957 to 1964, will host the October 29 event. “We are deeply grateful to Ralph, Ron and Carl, who are donating their services,” Marcy said. “Ron was instrumental in starting the Stockdale dances nearly 54 years ago and he has been helpful to our department with the Oldies dances in recent years. Ralph and Carl worked with Jim for a number of years and also are familiar figures at Stockdale.” Trilli said Dudas was looking forward to the October 29 dance. “Stockdale was always one of his favorite places,” Trilli said. “He appreciated the response of the crowds there. He loved watching between 500 and 600 people turning back the hands of time and enjoying the music he played. I’m sure he would be grateful for this memorial tribute.” Dudas, who was only 63 when he died, enjoyed a career that spanned nearly 30 years. His Mon Valley Memories show from noon to 6 p.m. Sundays on WJPA ran from 2000 through this year and garnered high ratings and a listening audience in western Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Ohio. His radio career began at WESA in Charleroi in 1983, and he also took his talents on the road for oldies dances at clubs, fire halls and other sites in the region; class reunions; wedding receptions; and other events. On February 16, 2008 he was the featured disc jockey for the belated celebration and dance marking the 50th anniversary of the start of the popular teen dances at the Stockdale Fire Hall.

West Elizabeth Couple Celebrates 50th Anniversary

Jim and Edith Halt

Jim and Edith Halt celebrate 50 years of marriage on October 28. They were originally married on October 28, 1961. The couple was married in Donora and settled down in West Elizabeth, Their children will host a reception at Blythedale Fire Hall on October 29, where the couple will be renewing their vows. Officiating will be The Reverend Doctor Thomas Petrosky. The couple has three boys James Jr., Terry, Gary and four grandchildren Brandon, Julieanne, Jonathan and Brittany.

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The late Jim Dudas (center) welcomes George and Bernadette Soltis of Greensburg to one of his dances at the Stockdale Fire Hall.

That event drew more than 1,100 people. Dudas also has served as master of ceremonies for Oldies concerts and shows throughout the area and has appeared on the Doo-Wop series on WQED-TV. Earlier this year, he was a guest emcee for a Roots of Rock and Roll show presented by Henry DeLuca’s HJD Enterprises at the Benedum Center in Pittsburgh. On October 2, 2010 Dudas was the disc jockey at a memorial tribute to John Barbero, another longtime area disc jockey and the man Dudas credited for giving him his start in the business. Barbero died on July 26, 2010. “We’ve lost two good friends, two good men in the past year,” Marcy said. The All Oldies, Only Oldies dance on October 29 at Stockdale will run from 8 p.m. to midnight. Admission will be $10 and it will be a BYOE – Bring Your Own Everything (food, liquid refreshments) affair. The fire department also will provide refreshments. A limited number of tickets remain available, and reservations are being accepted at 724938-7950.

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PT Library Hosts “Bringing Back the Family Table” Who doesn't want their children to do their best in school and behave well? If you are thinking that extra tutoring, sports, and other activities may help your children get there, you may be overlooking a simple solution found right around your kitchen table. A University of Michigan study found that more meal time at home was the single strongest predictor of better achievement scores and fewer behavioral problems. At “Bringing Back the Family Table,” Liz Kanche from American HealthCare Group will discuss how to get your family together for this important meal and quick, nutritious recipes that you can serve. This program will be offered at the Peters Township Public Library on Sunday, October 9 from 2-3 p.m. so not to conflict with the family dinner hour. To register for this program, email, visit the library circulation desk, or call 724-941-9430.

PT Library Invites Kids to Compete in Halloween Cake Decorating Contest Junior bakers and cake decorators can showcase their talents and win a prize at a Kids Cake Decorating Contest to be held at the Peters Township Public Library and sponsored by The Pie Place, Upper St. Clair, on Wednesday, October 19 from 6:30 - 8 p.m. The theme of the contest is “Happy Halloween,” and prizes will be awarded in three age categories: ages 8 and under, ages 9 to 13, and ages 14 to 18. A fan favorite will be selected by those in attendance as well. The official rules and entry form are available at the library’s circulation desk. An entry fee of $10 per cake will be collected and donated to the library. All cakes submitted for judging must be iced and decorated by the child alone, and entrants will have the option to donate their cake to be part of a silent auction at the conclusion on the event. Entry forms should be dropped off at the Peters Township Public Library or The Pie Place, Upper St. Clair. If you need help planning your design, you can call Kirsten at the Cake Hotline at 412-576-0397 or email

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Triple B Farms is Pittsburgh’s Home for Spookley the Square Pumpkin It was announced that Spookley the Square Pumpkin has been named the Official Spokes-Pumpkin of National Bullying Prevention Month 2011 through a partnership with PACER Center. And his Pittsburgh home is, exclusively, Triple B Farms.Spookley the Square Pumpkin, written and created by Joe Troiano, tells the story of a square pumpkin living in a round pumpkin patch on Holiday Hill Farm. Although Spookley initially faces ridicule from his fellow patch-mates, he goes on to save the day during a terrible storm. As a result, all the pumpkins in the patch learn that it is the thing that makes you different that makes you special. At Triple B Farms on October 1 and 2, families are invited to wear orange, the official color of bullying prevention. In addition to free giveaways, Triple B Farms invites children to make their own Spookley to take home and plant their own anti-bullying message in Spookley’s Square Pumpkin Patch. Don’t forget to bring your camera and take your picture with Spookley. For general farm information or directions, call 724-258-3557 or check the farm’s website at

Oliver Miller Homestead Offers Children’s Harvest Festival A Children’s Harvest Festival will be held at the Oliver Miller Homestead on Sunday, October 16, from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Kids can enjoy many activities, all of which reflect our pioneer heritage like old-fashioned games such as the corn cob toss and ducking for apples. They may try their hands at doing tin punching, churning butter, making church babies, writing with quill pens or sampling one of the many different corn crafts. Tussie mussies, fragrant bouquets of flowers and herbs, will be available for purchase. The Oliver Miller Associates will also have a number of demonstrations so that the children and their families can observe spinning, weaving, open-hearth cooking, and forge work. All outdoor events will be weather permitting. In case of rain, the buildings will be open for tours and demonstrations, but many of the hands-on crafts, which are done outdoors, may be cancelled. NOTE: Because of the many special activities and crafts, the admission for this Sunday will be $2. The Oliver Miller Homestead, a historic landmark and Whiskey Rebellion site, is located on Stone Manse Drive, just off the circle in South Park. It is open every Sunday through December 12 from 1:30 – 4:30 p.m. For more information and a map, visit our website at or contact us at 412 835-1554. ———————————————————————————————————————— 53

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Home & Garden Beautification Award Recognizes and Rewards Homeowners by Ken Askew

Maintaining the exterior of your home is sometimes hard work, but there’s a lot a satisfaction when you step back and see what you’ve accomplished. In Monongahela, at least one homeowner a month can not only do that, but also be recognized by others in the neighborhood if they are chosen to receive the Beautification Award. It’s just a sign that gets moved every month to another front yard, but it means a lot to those who are chosen. It shows that your efforts have been noticed and appreciated, creating pride in a job well done. The program is meant to encourage and provide an incentive to keep properties attractive—plus a $20 gift certificate to a local restaurant.

A case in point is the August 2011 recipient at 813 West Main Street, where Tom Sultis and Christine Somales reside. Tom invested over 200 hours to make his property look spiffy. The front yard is segmented by landscape ties, and features a soothing water fountain; Rain barrels in the front and back yards are incorporated into the downspouts. No piped-in water was necessary to quench his plants this past summer. Although not necessary to be eligible for the award, at this address the back yard also got a make-over. An herb and flower garden covers most of the area, which is adorned with a chiminea, oriental statuary, a bubbly water fountain, whimsical planters, and a bountiful grapevine. The Monongahela Beautification

More landscaping was done in the back yard, creating a tranquil oasis.

Award program is guided by Mayor Bob Kepics, with the assistance of Linda Dudzik, Connie Russell, and Judy Rhue. They use a scoring system to evaluate homes which had become deteriorated, but are now up to community standards—and more. The winners cannot be the product of a professional. The

Tom Sultis and Christine Somales receive the monthly Beautification Award sign from Monongahela Mayor Bob Kepics.

house and yard are both evaluated. Winners are sometimes nicely decorated for a particular season. The September 2011 winner is located at 601 Meade Street; other homes chosen in the past include 523 Park Avenue, 704 Mound Street, 709 4th Street, 400 4th Street, and 711 Lawrence Street.

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The Simple Musts For Your To-Do List (NAPSI)—Here, from an assortment of experts, are a few must-do’s to prepare your home for cooler weather: 1) Beautify Your Fireplace. Follow these cleaning tips. Mix a solution of high-alkaline cleaner and one ounce of chlorine bleach per gallon of warm water. Wet the surface of the fireplace well with the solution, but don’t use so much that it runs. Dirty water running down the face may cause hard-toremove streaks. Scrub the solution in with a brush and rinse well. If you’re not comfortable, you may want to call in a professional from Merry Maids. 2) Keep Your Floors and Furniture Looking New. ServiceMaster Clean experts recommend performing the following tasks consistently to enhance and maintain your home: Vacuum regularly, dust your floor, respond to spots immediately, deep clean carpets once a year, deep clean and treat hard-surface floors, and rid upholstery of oils that soil. 3) Feed Your Lawn. Late summer to early fall is the right time to feed your lawn. Lawns recovering from heat stress require the proper blend of nutrients. Heat-stressed lawns need fertilizer. 4) Scale Away Pests. Experts from Terminix advise placing weather stripping on the bottom of all exterior doors to ensure they seal tightly. Use caulk to seal any holes or cracks in your home. Eliminate cracks or openings around pipes and utility lines. Make sure to close the flue damper when the fireplace is not in use. Move piles of firewood and other debris away from the home’s foundation. Trim tree branches and shrubs away from the house. 5) Check Your Heating System. Experts at American Home Shield recommend having an annual system maintenance service performed at least a month before the heating season begins. Move furniture to clear the airflow, checking your filters, and inspecyour exhaust vent. 6) Prepare Your Plumbing System. Insulate pipes prone to freezing. Keep your water meter box covered with its lid and wrap outdoor or crawl space pipes with electric heat tape or insulation to prevent freezing. You can learn more at and (866) 348-7672.


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Care for Your Garden in Late Season Six Things to do Now for a Better Garden Next Year By Melinda Myers

As the summer garden season nears its end, don’t let your guard down. Keeping up with a few basic chores can improve your landscape’s beauty and reduce your workload next season. Continue weeding. Removing weeds now before they go to seed will eliminate hundreds of weeds next season. Destroy invasive weeds, those that have gone to seed and perennials that may root in the compost pile. And mulch the soil if you haven’t already done so. Keep watering new plantings, stressed and young plants, evergreens, and moisture-loving plants as needed throughout the fall. Water thoroughly and whenever the top few inches are crumbly and slightly moist. Check my plant guide for more specifics on your plants’ watering needs. Properly watered plants are better able to survive

the rigors of winter. Reduce future workloads and improve your garden’s health and beauty. A layer of shredded leaves, evergreen needles or woodchips will help suppress weeds, conserve moisture, moderate soil temperatures, and improve the soil as they decompose. Replace faded annuals with cool season annuals, mums, fall plants, decorative squash and pumpkins. And add a

few fall containers to your front entrance, patio or deck. It adds color and a feeling of freshness to the garden. Monitor and manage pests as needed. Keeping plants healthy throughout the growing season increases your overwintering success. Hand-pick small populations of insects, rake and destroy diseaseinfested leaves, and always use the most eco-friendly products when greater intervention is needed. Continue to apply animal repellents. Use a long-lasting, all-natural product like Bobbex. Keeping hungry animals away from your landscape will help reduce the future risk of critters moving in and dining on your landscape. Melinda Myers is a gardening expert, TV and radio host, author and columnist. You can visit her website at PHOTO BY MELINDA MYERS, LLC

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603 Ginger Lane $20,000 424 Oak Drive $80,000 Sunnyside Hollow Road $1 (state deed transfer stamps indicate a value of $12,695) 203 Torrence Road $184,000. 37 Pine St. $1 (state deed transfer stamps indicate a value of $67,626)

CLAIRTON Krista Erhardt Baumgardner Estate of Andrew Sivak Randall Tremont Paul Calise Estate of Joan Fenton Estate of Chester Fragassi Robert Masters Jr. Jerry Angotti Estate of Mary Lou Magaro Theodore Schepis L&L Real Estate Investments LLC Jason Markus Beulah Dudley

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SOUTH PARK Jonathan Stutzman Tara Abbondanza Schneider Kenneth Palmer Jr. Heartland Homes Inc. Bruno Folino Thomas Hartley Aurelio Sauro Neil Wagner Frank Ciccanti Alice Ragni Robert Haglund Wadwell Group Wadwell Group Estate of Elizabeth DeMarco Mahir Jasim Pauline Sakely et al. William Collins US Bank NA ND Edward Stoker Ludmyla Tonas Jeffrey Leghart Bridgette Rowley

John Schubert Kathleen Kosko Jeffrey and D Michelle Plymell Justin and Jessi Buechel Craig and Carol Cadonic Jill Lafferty John Benton and Pamela Marie Buschek Janelle Bauer Richard Hockett II and Carl Hockett PHH Mortgage Corp. Bank New York Mellon Trust Co. NA trustee Heartland Homes Inc. Heartland Homes Inc. Andrew and Heather Friday Marcianne Jester Ian and Erin Valenta Michael and Shannon Seitz Daryoush Hooshyar Michael Martin and Angela Drevitch Sharon Rucienski Gary and Donna Vallano Michael McHenry

6330 Crestview Drive 800 Hidden Ridge Court Unit 204 1470 McElheny Road 1215 Snee Drive 2091 Southwell Drive 166 Sylvania Drive 6553 Zupancic Drive 928 Broglie Drive 913 Broughton Road 842 Connolly Ave. 1108 Edith Ave. 1191 Snee Drive 1230 Snee Drive 935 Broglie Drive 3612 Falmouth Drive 2270 Helena St. 1017 Jeff Drive 917 Lindfield Drive 1581 Wilson Road 1406 Greenbriar Court 2426 Bonnie Dell Drive 1703 Connor Road

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(NAPSI)—When it comes to the bathroom, there are simple, stylish and budget-friendly ways to creatively dress it up. From the shower curtain to hooks or even your toilet paper, paying special attention to these seemingly ordinary, everyday objects is an easy way to make any bathroom an oasis. Lifestyle and interior decoration pro Maxwell Gillingham-Ryan of Apartment Therapy has teamed up with the Cottonelle brand to share creative tips on how people can make the most of their bathroom. After all, Maxwell is devoted to helping people make their homes beautiful, organized and healthy—including the bathroom. FOR SOME FRESH IDEAS, SEE MAXWELL’S TIPS BELOW. • Long Is Luxurious. Make your bathroom look more elegant by making your shower curtain taller. Move your shower curtain bar up—right below the ceiling—and install an extra-long shower curtain (or make your own). By closing the gap between shower curtain top and ceiling, you’ll eliminate an unsightly view and give the feeling of luxury and more space with taller walls. • Swap Your Hooks. Towel hooks are easy to find and replace, but they are usually boring. Go shopping for some cheap, vintage hooks of different shapes and sizes, paint them all the same color and then hang them in a nice straight line. The detail and “collection” quality will make a big impact—even if they’re covered with towels.

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PLEASANT HILLS Estate of Grace Sallar Kenneth Lobaugh Darrin Smith Kelly Pettiford Wells Fargo Bank NA trustee Lynda LeDonne Jeffrey DeLuca Estate of Janet Elizabeth Egeland Estate of Suzanne Shudy Elizabeth Hank Paul Hanbury Brian Peters Richard Patrick Stephen Kravits

Lee Saller Lindsey Lemak and John DelGreco Frank and Natalie Ciccanti Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corp. Crescent Contracting Corp. Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corp. Jeffrey Metzger and Gwyn Plaskon Geoffrey Davis Julie Matta and Jason Austin Louise and Graeme Nicholson Charles Sage Jr. et al. and Yvonne Carroll Kevin McCollum Michael Ringling Mark Larimer Jr. and Liann Larimer

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Crossroads Team Extends a Helping Hand in the Philippines A team of 13 people from Crossroads Ministries has just returned from a nineday mission trip to the Philippines. The team consisted of Al, Linda and Leslie Finney; Mark, Michelle, Britney, Alyson and Tayler Slagle of Finleyville; Harry Anton and Kelly Brown of Jefferson Hills; Glen Moss and Donny Oakes of Pittsburgh; and Matt Sullivan of South Park. They traveled more than 8,500 miles and ministered to people on three different islands. The trip was grueling but extremely challenging and rewarding, enhanced by new sights, sounds, food and culture. Two of the days were invested in medical and dental clinics as they partnered with Filipino doctors, dentists and nurses all from the Metro Manila and Guimaras Island areas, respectively. One clinic was held at the International Bible

Church in Metro Manila, and the other one was provided for the orphans and outreach children of the Good Shepherd Fold Orphanage located on Guimaras Island. Overall, the funding for the medical projects came through the generosity of a local family here in the

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South Hills, the mission team itself, Crossroads Ministries and several other individuals. Also, food packages for more than 160 families were provided. At the orphanage, there were 100 children served and more than 20 children had a tooth extracted. Toothbrushes and toothpaste were given to each child, provided by a dentist from the South Hills. The 28 children from the orphanage received towels, mosquito nets, underwear, flip flops, shirts, raincoats and umbrellas. The team also distributed Bible lessons and balloon animals and hats. The team hosted a special day of swimming and special foods for the orphans and staff of Good Shepherd Fold Orphanage. The group was amazed to see the children eating the ice cream, going back for seconds, thirds, and more. Ice cream is a real treat, the children only have it once every two years or so. Over the past two years $18,000 was raised for a new girl’s dorm at the orphanage, with $11,500 coming from the last three Vacation Bible Schools at Crossroads Ministries. The team attended a groundbreaking, and construction has already begun. Before the trip, $1,500 worth of books were purchased and sent for the

International Baptist College and Seminary, also a stop on the trip. In addition, $5,000 was given to help with the renovation at Graceland a youth campsite. In all, more than $32,000 was raised for the projects over the past two years. A huge “thank you” from the group as well as Filipino people goes out to the generosity of many who made the projects for this trip a reality.

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Wake Up to Mingo Creek Presbyterian Church’s Pancake and Sausage Breakfast Mingo Creek Presbyterian Church, Rt. 88, Finleyville, will be having a pancake and sausage breakfast on Saturday, October 22 from 8 a.m. to noon. Cost is $5/adults and $2/children 12 years and under. Please come hungry. The sausage is delicious.

Gabriella Gibson and Jenna Bastin wait to perform as part of the “Dance by Lori” group.

All Enjoyed Riverview Baptist Church’s Outdoor Movie Night

Brendan and Gavin Jaki check out the action at the dime toss.

New Hope Assembly of God, 900 Peairs Road, Elizabeth Township, will host a holiday vendor/craft show on Saturday, October 22, from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Over 30 vendors will attend. Free admission, hot food, and pierogie and bake sale. Free flu shots for ages 18 and older sponsored by The Mon River Fleet PA State Health Improvement Plan PartnerSHIPs, the McKeesport Hospital Foundation, UPMC McKeesport, UPMC Health Plan and your local EMS.

St. Thomas A’ Becket Annual Golf Outing

By Paul Chasko

A warm sunny day was ordered up through the connections of Father Boyle for the 2011 version of the St. Francis of Assisi Parish Picnic on August 21. A multitude of volunteers from the parish did their part, and from noon until dusk parishioners and area residents flocked onto the Parish grounds and enjoyed entertainment, companionship and great food prepared by volunteers in the Finley Hall Kitchen. In addition to the usual picnic fare, there was roast lamb, rotisserie-cooked chicken and corn on the cob – kettle cooked on an open fire. Dance and majorette groups from the local area performed throughout the afternoon in the picnic grounds. DJ Vic Satter and “Too Many Tubas” provided music. Finley Hall had hot food right out of the kitchen, Bingo and tables of theme baskets that were prizes for the Chinese auction. Game booths gave the kids the opportunity to win some great prizes. Craft items and anything else you could think of were sold at the “country store.” Donated baked goods were on sale as well. The annual picnic serves as a St. Francis fundraiser, but, more than that, it provides an opportunity for parishioners and friends to get together and just have some good summertime fun. It was great to be able to sit and chat with folks we don’t see often enough while enjoying some good food. The kids had a great time as well. See you at the picnic next August.

New Hope Assembly of God Plans Holiday Vendor/Craft Show

Mackenzie can’t quite get the ball swinging hard enough.

Andrew lets the ball fly for one more prize.

Having fun shucking corn for the pot.

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On Friday, August 26, more than 135 people in the community joined together at Riverview Baptist Church to share in food, fun, and fellowship and to watch the newly released movie Soul Surfer on an outdoor movie screen. The evening began at 6 p.m. with the kids (and adults) playing games, getting tattoos and fun facepainting and body-art, and enjoying lots and lots of food. Riverview is planning more block parties and outdoor movie nights.

Elizabeth Baptist Church Hosts Indoor Flea Market The Elizabeth Baptist Church is having an indoor flea market, soup, food and bake sale at 735 Bunola River Road in Elizabeth on Saturday, November 5, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. A large variety of treasures will be for sale, including electronics, decor, jewelry, kitchen, domestics, etc. Bake sale will include many homemade goodies. Food available will include stuffed cabbage, haluski, and kielbasa as well as American fare and homemade soups, eat in or take out. Outdoor table space will be available for a cost of $10 (bring your own table). Any inquiries may be made at the church office at 412-384-6464.

The St. Thomas A’ Becket Annual Golf Outing will be held at South Hills Country Club on Columbus Day, Monday, October 10. A single golf package is $185, which includes range balls, cart, lunch and dinner. Foursome and corporate foursome packages are also available. The Master of Ceremonies is David Michael, a professional performer, speaker and author. This event will kick off with registration at 10 a.m. followed by lunch and a shotgun start team shamble at 12:30 p.m. Cocktails and dinner will follow starting at 5:30 p.m. Nongolfers are invited for dinner at $40 per person. Skill prizes, silent auction, 50/50 and a live auction will offer something for everyone. Registration and sponsorship forms are available Proceeds benefit St. Thomas A’ Becket Building Fund. For more information, call Ben Huber at 412-650-1505 or Steve Bronder at 412-337-9435.

Order Your Homemade Apple Dumplings From Jefferson United Methodist Church Jefferson United Methodist Church, located at 310 Gill Hall Road, Jefferson Hills, will be having an apple dumplings sale. The last date to order is Sunday, October 9 and price is $3/dumpling. Pick up date is Saturday, October 15 from 2–5 p.m. To phone order a homemade apple dumpling, call 412-653-3222, option 3.

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Area Church News... Area Church News... Area Church News... Area Church News... Beth Israel Synagogue October Events

Re-Creation USA to Perform at First Presbyterian Church

Beth Israel Center Synagogue, a Conservative Jewish congregation, is located at 118 Gill Hall Road at the border of Pleasant Hills and Jefferson Hills. Arthur Weinblum is the president, and spiritual leader is Rabbi Amy Greenbaum.October Schedule of Religious Events: Erev Yom Kippur Services - Friday evening, October 7, begins at 7:15 p.m. with Cantor Bernard Rubb. Yom Kippur Services - Saturday morning, October 8, begins at 9:30 a.m. with Cantor Bernard Rubb. Yom Kippur Yizkor Service (Memorial Service) - Saturday, October 8, will begin at approximately 11:30 a.m. Yom Kippur Afternoon Service - on October 8, will begin at 5 p.m. and will end at sunset with an oneg following services. Succot Services - will be part of Friday night services on October 14, beginning at 7:30 p.m. Shemini Atzeret / Yizkor Services - will be Thursday night, October 20, at 7 p.m.; Friday, October 21 and Friday, October 28 night services will begin at 7:30 p.m. with an oneg following. October Social and Educational Events: Adult Education Lecture Series - sponsored by Bill and Louise Hunt Sunday evening, October 16. Guest speaker is Glenn Cannon discussing Homeland Security at 7:30 p.m. Free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served Men’s Club - will have a breakfast and discussion meeting on Sunday morning, October 9 at 9:30 a.m. For additional information about events or membership, call the office at 412 655 2144 or visit the website at

Join us for an evening of free entertainment provided by the singing group Re-Creation USA on October 2 at 6:30 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 609 Chess St., Monongahela.

Chief Master Sergeant USAF Relates Career Highlights at Hamilton Presbyterian Church Please join us, Tuesday, November 8 from 1 – 2:30 p.m. at Hamilton Presbyterian Church, 4500 Hamilton Road, Bethel Park, as John L. Haigh, Sr., Chief Master Sergeant, USAF (Ret.) revisits some of the high points of his Air Force career. He served with the Air Force One Flight Crew during the last 16 months of the Carter Administration, eight years with President Reagan and three and one half years as Chief Steward for President Bush, Sr. In recognition of veterans currently serving, the church will be accepting donations of granola and breakfast bars, powered drinks, beef jerky and individually wrapped snacks to distribute to our troops via Military Connections and Brentwood Cares. For complete listing of suggested donations, please call 412-881-4100 or email

October Events at Center Presbyterian Church in McMurray Center Presbyterian Church, located at 255 Center Church Road in McMurray, has worship services every Sunday at 8:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. with Communion served at the early service. The church is located behind Rolling Hills Golf Course. Dates to remember for October: Sunday School - Children and adult classes meet every Sunday at 9:45 a.m. A Discussion Group - “What’s the Least I Can Believe?” based on the book by Martin Thielen, will begin October 3 and continue through November 14. Contact Becky Boyer at the church office for more information. The public is invited to attend any of the following four programs, which help to raise funds for our church mission trips. “Biking on the Great Allegheny Passage” will be presented by Liz Saunders and George Everitt on October 4 at 7 p.m. “Writing the Stories of Your Life” - will be presented by Dr. Joe and Peg Rychcik on October 11 at 7 p.m. “Technologically Speaking” - will be presented by Barry Miller and the church technology staff on October 19 at 7 p.m. “An Educationally Musical Finale” - will be presented by Cindy Zubchevich and Linda Boice on October 26 at 7 p.m. The Church “Renewal Celebration” - continues through October 2. Central Blood Bank - accepts blood donations in the church basement every Thursday and Saturday. The Center Christian Preschool Program has begun its fall classes for children ages 2 - 5 Monday through Friday. A few openings are still left. Please call Bonnie Kline for more information. Rada Cutlery - will be available for sale this fall to support our mission projects. In addition, the Church Auction Committee is accepting items for auction. Presbyterian Women’s Fellowship Groups meet every month. Penny jars to support our “Trees for Haiti” mission are located in the Gathering Place. Church Music Ministry - If you would like to become part of the church music ministry as a choir or ensemble member, please contact Linda Boice. Nominations - are being accepted for elders, deacons, and trustees for the class of 2012. Junior and Senior High - groups meet Sunday evenings.

Our church supports several missions and outreach groups including Girl Scouts, Family Promise/Interfaith Hospitality Network, AA meetings, Relay for Life, and play groups for children with Down’s Syndrome. For more information, call 724-941-9050.

Upcoming Events at Peters Creek Church Please join us for a Women’s Bible study at Peters Creek Church, 250 Brookwood Road, Venetia. “When Godly People Do Ungodly Things” is a Beth Moore DVD series. We will begin this study on Thursday, October 6 from 7 - 9 p.m. The Thursday afternoon Women’s Bible Study will meet from 1 - 3 p.m. in the Youth Hall beginning October 6 with the study “Prayer-Does It Make Any Difference?” The six-session DVD study by Philip Yancey will explore such questions as: “Is God listening?”, “Why do so many prayers go unanswered?”, “Does prayer really help with physical healing?”, and “How can I make prayer more satisfying?” To register, call 724-9416210. Please indicate if you require childcare.

John McMillan Presbyterian Church Hosts Christmas Affair John McMillan Presbyterian Church will be hosting its annual Christmas Affair on Saturday, November 5 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. This event includes over 55 crafters and features the JMPC Bakery, gingerbread house, a Chinese auction, Kris Kringle Kafe, and an Angel Emporium Tree. Admission is free and all proceeds benefit local and worldwide missions. Don’t miss the Christmas Affair at John McMillan Presbyterian Church, 875 Clifton Road, Bethel Park. For more information, call 412-833-4704.

South Hills Assembly of God Church Plans October Events South Hills Assembly of God Church, 2725 Bethel Church Road, Bethel Park plans the following events for October. For more information call 412-835-8900 or visit Compassion Connection is a 501(c)(3) organization with three branches; a counseling center, coaching classes and support groups, and caring services administering to families in the South Hills area. Join us at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, October 13 for Crowned with Compassion, our annual fundraising banquet, held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel Bethel Park and hear amazing testimonies of changed lives, reports of great expansion, and news of wonderful plans that will see Compassion Connection transforming the culture of this great city. To RSVP, or for information about sponsoring a table, call Pastor Kay Stepp at 412-835-8900, ext. 104, by October 6.

Harvest Fest 2011 will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. on Friday, October 28, with lots of games, bump-n-jumps, laser tag, pumpkin patch, face painting, food and candy for kids 5th grade and under. All children must be registered. Early registration is recommended by going to, then click on Ministries, Kids, then on the left, Harvest Fest 2011 Child Registration.

Elrama United Methodist Church Holds Christmas Bazaar & Bake Sale The Elrama United Methodist Church will be holding a Christmas Bazaar & Bake Sale on Saturday, November 5 from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. Shop early for that special Christmas decoration or gift. Food kitchen and bake sale also available.

Women of Wisdom to Gather at Sisters of St. Francis in Whitehall Women of all ages and backgrounds are gathering to focus more clearly, breathe more deeply and live more mindfully at the Sisters of St. Francis of the Providence of God. On Sunday, October 9, the Sisters will host their annual fall Connecting Women’s Wisdom at their Motherhouse, located in the Whitehall section of Pittsburgh’s South Hills. The program will begin with an optional liturgy service at 8:30 a.m. in the Sisters’ Mary Immaculate Chapel followed by brunch and a presentation, Prayer through Life’s Situations, presented by Sister Nancy Langhart, OSF. The program will also include group sharing and quiet reflective time. Guests are invited to stay after the program to visit with Sisters, continue group sharing and enjoy the natural beauty of the 33-acre campus. The program is free to attend, but reservations are required. Those interested in attending Connecting Women’s Wisdom should call Sister Althea Anne Spencer at 412885-7406 by Saturday, October 1. For more information about the Sisters of St. Francis of the Providence of God, please visit

Brightwood Christian Church Offers Blowout Flea Market Sale Brightwood Christian Church in Bethel Park is holding an additional flea market/blowout sale in which you can save a lot of money. Everything is 75% off the already-low prices. The sale will be held on Friday, October 7, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Saturday, October 8, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Brightwood Christian Church, 5044 West Library Avenue and Center Street in Bethel Park. Bring your friends and family to buy clothing, jewelry, toys, tools, china, crystal and more. For more information, visit our website at

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Centennial Celebration Scheduled for Monongahela Church St. Nicholas Orthodox Church, Sixth Street in Monongahela, will celebrate its 100th Anniversary with special celebrations on Sunday, October 2. The Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom will be celebrated by former pastors and visiting clergy at 10:00 a.m. to be followed by a panachida (memorial service) sung for the founders and former pastors of the church. The sermon will be preached by the Very Rev. Michael Kabel of Barton, Ohio and the main address at the luncheon will be by Very Rev. David Smoley, a St. Nicholas Orthodox Church proudly former pastor who served St. Nicholas stands tall to service people of all ethnic identities 100 years later. Church for 29 years. A luncheon will follow at 1:00 p.m. at the Willow Room in Belle Vernon. Reservations for the luncheon can be made by contacting Mary Jane Smoley at 412655-1668. The parish was originally founded by Carpatho-Rusyn immigrants, an ethnic group that lives on the slopes of the Carpathian mountains in what is today Slovakia and Ukraine. Like many turn-of-the-century immigrants to the Mon Valley, the founders of the church were poor and often illiterate who came to find a better life working in the steel mills and coal mines of the region. While materially poor, they were strong in their Christian faith and desired a church in which they could worship God in the manner of their Orthodox Faith. The first services in 1911 were held in Landefeld's Hall, and in 1914, property on the comer of Sixth and Marne Avenue were purchased from James and Annie Hayward and Andrew Gondoly. Services were conducted in a house that stood on that lot until a small, wood frame church was built and dedicated on that site in 1915. By 1960, the parish had outgrown the small church and it was torn down and replaced by a modem, Byzantine-style church decorated with hand painted icons and oak altars and icon screen carved by parish member Donald Smoley of Smoley Woodworking. The parish has grown and prospered over the years welcoming people of all ethnic identities who wish to serve and worship God in the oldest Christian Church the Orthodox Church. It has been served by a number of dedicated priests over the 100 years of its existence and is the mother church of the Nativity of the Virgin Mary Orthodox Church in Monongahela and the former St. Macrina Byzantine Catholic Church formerly located in Monongahela The present pastor is the Rev. Dr. Edward Pehanich who is also the supervisor of Clinical Pastoral Education for Family Hospice and Palliative Care in Pittsburgh.


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Recent Local Death Notices


Balliard – Kenneth R., 69, of Finleyville died Monday, August 22. Arrangements under direction of Kegel Funeral Home in Finleyville. Barkey – Lillian, 79, of New Eagle died Monday, September 12. Arrangements under direction of Marra Funeral Home in Monongahela.

Lambert – Gertrude, 62, of Monongahela (Forward Twp) died Saturday, September 10. Arrangements under direction of William A. Bautz Funeral Home in New Eagle. Lewis – Jean L., 85, of Finleyville died Thursday, September 1. Arrangements under direction of Kegel Funeral Home in Finleyville.

Bartolotta – Frank N., 90, of Monongahela died Wednesday, September 7. Arrangements under direction of Marra Funeral Home in Monongahela.

Loughman – Judy Rose, 73, of Monongahela died Tuesday, August 2. Arrangements under direction of Frye Funeral Home in Monongahela.

Beattie – Jack Stewart, 89, of Monongahela died Friday, July 29. Arrangements under direction of Marra Funeral Home in Monongahela.

Morrison – Drew F., 62, of Eighty Four died Wednesday, August 31. Arrangements under direction of Kegel Funeral Home in Finleyville.

Bobnar – Eugene W., 82, of Monongahela (Carroll Township) died Saturday, August 20. Arrangements under direction of Frye Funeral Home in Monongahela.

Nusida – William E., 73, of Monongahela died Tuesday, August 16. Arrangements under direction of Marra Funeral Home in Monongahela.

Brounce – Martha, 79, of Monongahela (Carroll Township) died Sunday, August 21. Arrangements under direction of Frye Funeral Home in Monongahela. Byers – Jean Poxon, of Monongahela died Saturday, July 23. Arrangements under direction of Marra Funeral Home in Monongahela. Delsandro – Emory E., 73, of Finleyville died Sunday, August 14. Arrangements under direction of Marra Funeral Home in Monongahela. Delsandro – Mary E., 93, of Monongahela died Friday, July 29. Arrangements under direction of Marra Funeral Home in Monongahela. Dobrich – Mitchell, 77, of West Elizabeth died Sunday, September 11. Arrangements under direction of Stephen Slater Funeral Home in Jefferson Hills. Fordanich – Elizabeth “Betty,” 68, of Monongahela (Valley Inn) died Monday, July 18. Arrangements under direction of Marra Funeral Home in Monongahela. Garry – James E., 87, of Monongahela died Tuesday, August 2. Arrangements under direction of Frye Funeral Home in Monongahela. Genemore – Eugene “Gene,” 58, of Monongahela (Carroll Township) died Monday, September 5. Arrangements under direction of Marra Funeral Home in Monongahela. Haywood – Peggy, 78, of Eighty Four died Wednesday, August 10. Arrangements under direction of Frye Funeral Home in Monongahela. Hoosac – Linda Jean (Beal), 59, of Boyton Beach Florida, formerly of Monongahela, died Monday, August 1. Arrangements under direction of Marra Funeral Home in Monongahela. Kovach – Virgina E., 83, of Eighty Four died Friday, September 16. Arrangements under direction of Kegel Funeral Home in Finleyville.

Osborne – Grace, 89, of Floreffe in Jefferson Hills died Saturday, September 3. Arrangements under direction of Stephen Slater Funeral Home in Jefferson Hills. Popham – Gladys M., 104, of Finleyville died Tuesday, September 20. Arrangements under direction of Kegel Funeral Home in Finleyville. Remaly – Theresa (Reynolds), 29, of Chesapeake, Maryland, formerly of Gastonville, died Saturday, August 27. Arrangements under direction of Kegel Funeral Home in Finleyville. Schaeffer – Dorothy, 92, of Fort Pierce Florida, formerly of Monongahela and New Eagle, died Wednesday, August 3. Arrangements under direction of Frye Funeral Home in Monongahela. Tempest – C. LeRoy “Lee,” 56, of Boca Raton Florida, formerly of Monongahela, died Sunday, July 10. Arrangements under direction of Frye Funeral Home in Monongahela. Vibostak – Frank, 90, of Monongahela died Thursday, September 8. Arrangements under direction of Marra Funeral Home in Monongahela. Walters – Gertrude A., 79, of New Eagle died Saturday, August 27. Arrangements under direction of Marra Funeral Home in Monongahela. Wardle – William R., 75, of Monessen, formerly of New Eagle, died Monday, July 25. Arrangements under direction of Marra Funeral Home in Monongahela. Weiss – Thomas C., 62, of Monongahela died Saturday, September 3. Arrangements under direction of Marra Funeral Home in Monongahela. Wujcik – Joseph R. “Crow,” 51, of Monongahela died Saturday, July 23. Arrangements under direction of Marra Funeral Home in Monongahela. Zimmer – Howard, 74, of Finleyville died Wednesday, August 17. Arrangements under direction of Paul L. Henney Memorial Chapel in Bethel Park.

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Food & Dining

How to Prep a Fruitful School Snack

(NewsUSA) - A healthy diet is a necessity for individuals of all ages, but getting enough nutrients is especially important for school-age children. Not only are children learning and developing eating habits that will follow them throughout their adult life, they also need the right kind of fuel to stay focused during the school day. At times, children can be tricky. They may not always agree to eat celery sticks and peanut butter as a school-day snack. However, natural sugars, like those in fruit, instead of processed and value-less candy and potato chips, can play a key role in getting children to snack healthily -- especially when they may be short on time. Fruit offers fiber and minerals to improve performance in class, provide energy for sports and curb appetites. Encouraging children to eat fruit as their snack may also help reduce their risk for cardiovascular diseases, high cholesterol, high blood pressure and strokes later on in life. Get creative during the school year with your afternoon snack preparations. One way to go is to stuff different fruit concoctions in whole wheat tortilla wraps to add a hearty twist to a sweet snack.

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Eco-Friendly Cookware (NAPSI)—When they think of ceramic, people often think of pottery and tableware, but many leading cookware brands are rolling out eco-friendly products featuring a ceramic-based, nonstick coating that is toxin-free and provides an extraordinary cooking experience. You can now get cookware that’s eco friendly and features a ceramic-based, nonstick coating. These water-soluble coatings are cured at lower temperatures, leading to reduced emission of CO2 into the atmosphere. In

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addition, ceramic nonsticks provide better heat transfer, requiring less energy to heat your pan. The nonstick properties make cleanup easy, with less soap and water. Perhaps best of all, they are free of PFOA and PTFE—the chemicals often used in traditional nonstick coatings. These new ceramic nonstick cookware lines provide a healthier alternative in cooking. In fact, Bravo TV’s “Top Chef” contestant and restaurant owner Fabio Viviani loves Italy’s No. 1 selling Bialetti AeternumNano-ceramic Cookware line. “The unique white nonstick coating releases food so easily even with very little oil,” Viviani said. The Aeternum is at Bed, Bath & Beyond and

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Recipe of the Month Homemade Applesauce the EASY Triple B Way! from Triple B Farms Take 12 apples, using 3 - 4 different varieties, like Golden Delicious, Mutsu, Jonagold, Suncrisp, Cameo, and Fuji.Peel, core, and chunk apples into your sauce pan. Add approximately 1-2 cups of water. Boil down apples until cooked through and soft. The applesauce will be chunky, not smooth. To make smoother applesauce, mash cooked apples with a potato masher or run through your food processor. Once apples are cooked, add sweetener, such as sugar, maple syrup, Splenda, or honey....there are many options for sweeteners these days. And don’t forget to top it off with cinnamon! Cover and refrigerate for up to 2 weeks, or freeze for up to 6 months! Great for the holidays; treat yourself to fresh fall flavor all winter long! Triple B apples are available already picked in the market everyday through October 31 or you can PICK YOUR OWN every weekend from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. through October 31.

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New Science Behind Avocado Oil (NewsUSA) - Health nuts and fitness enthusiasts, take note. New research from Europe shows that avocado oil can be a significant source of the vitamin CoQ10. The research shows that Olivado cold-pressed, extra virgin avocado oils contain significant quantities of CoQ10, a much desired vitamin-like substance that has been shown to produce significant health benefits. CoQ10, also known as "ubiquinone," plays an essential role in the conversion of carbohydrates, fats and proteins into energy. This much sought-after substance has been shown to produce serious health benefits. CoQ10 in supplement form is one of the fastest-growing products on the market. The studies, conducted at Nutrition Institute by Dr. I. Pravst, show that Olivado avocado oils contain 123mg/L, while meat, long considered the food group containing the highest concentration of this vital element, contains only 20-40mg/kg. Extra virgin avocado oil is one of the good oils: high in monounsaturated fats, lower in saturated fats than olive oil, as well as having a great taste. But not all avocado oils produced this significant level of CoQ10. The studies were conducted on a number of avocado oils from Mexico, South Africa and New Zealand with the amount of CoQ10 varying from 20mg/kg to 123mg/kg. The highest ranking was achieved by one particular brand, Olivado, a New Zealand-based producer of highquality edible oils. According to Neil Albert, vice president and general manager of Olivado's USA distribution center, it is Olivado's proprietary process for extracting oil from the avocado which is responsible. "Most avocado oils are mass-produced and chemically refined," says Mr. Albert. "Evidently, the process of refining, coupled with ineffective production processes, eliminates most of the CoQ10 in avocado oil." These results were released after a research study conducted on over 100 different vegetable oils. The study was undertaken by The Nutrition Institute of Slovenia in conjunction with Pablo de Olavide University, Seville, Spain. For more information, visit

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The Lady Rams get some instructions from Coach Mark Risko.


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Two USC players up for the block.

This shot will be blocked by USC.

Lady Rams Volleyball Start Out Slow By Paul Chasko

The Ringgold Girls softball squad coming off a 7/5 season last year and earning a first-round WPIAL playoff game is having a slow start this season. Every varsity sports team struggles with graduation turnovers, and this might be looked back upon as a rebuilding year for the Rams Volleyball squad. The home opener loss to Upper Saint Clair (see photos) was a loss followed by losses to Connellsville and Trinity, but the girls are starting to win more sets and

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the season is young. Watching the game with USC, it looks as though this Ringgold squad doesn’t let the losses get them down. They’ll need to keep up their spirits while acquiring experience in a very tough section. Being in the same section with Peters and USC, who’ve been picked by MSA Sports as part of the “Elite Eight” in WPIAL Girls’ Volleyball, wouldn’t ordinarily make for a fun season, but this squad seems to be having fun despite their losses – and they are improving. One spike – coming up!

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Mon Valley Midget Football Football Is Serious in Western PA By Paul Chasko

All teams in the Mon Valley Midget Football League (MVMFL) have several games completed, but we’ll need a few more weeks of play before any trends in the rankings start to emerge. There were some team changes that occurred in the off-season and early fall that didn’t sit well with some coaches, administrators and parents. The League normally has 16 franchises running from Brownsville in the South to Norwin in the North. Each franchise fields 4 teams grouped by age: Tiny Mites (ages 5-7 – flag football), Termites (ages 8 and 9), Mighty Mites (ages 10 and 11) and Midgets (ages 12 and 13). That’s a total of 64 football teams. Norwin dropped out in the off-season and was replaced by East Allegheny. Explanation of the change in the Western Division needs a bit of history. The Donora Dragons, Monongahela Wildcats and the Union Finley Bears all had players attending Ringgold Schools. Donora has always had a small pool of players, and several years ago parents and some coaches proposed a merger of the Donora and Monongahela franchises. Some parents disagreed, and the merger didn’t happen. In this past off-season and early fall, Donora dropped their franchise and created the Ringgold Franchise. In the process, the new Ringgold franchise siphoned off enough of the Monongahela franchise players to cause Monongahela’s collapse. The way this was done did not sit well with some coaches, administrators and parents. It upset the scheduling that was already published and left some of the Monongahela Wildcat players without a team, even though some of them were picked up by the Union-Finley Bears. According to the coaches with whom I spoke, by league rules the games scheduled for an interim period with the now non-existing Monongahela teams will be won by forfeit. This will upset the ranking system.

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Lady Rams U15 and U12 Fastpitch Softball Teams Win Championships Congratulations to the Union Finley U15 Fastpitch Softball Team for winning the 2011 Greater Pittsburgh Girls Softball League Championship. Frank Szymanski manages the team. In addition, the Union Finley U12 Fastpitch Softball Team won the Mon Yough Girls Softball League Championship. Gregg Adams manages the U12 team. What a season for these teams!

Congratulations go to the Union Finley U12 Fastpitch Softball Team: Natalie Adams, Nya Adams, Brianna Ashcraft, Kara Barner, Madelynn Beckinger, Leah Campolong, Julie Curry, Justine Dean, Jaclyn Goldbach, Johnna Mocniak, Tayler Slagle, and Frankie Szymanski Union Finley U15 Softball Team players are Gracie Abel, Mackenzie Albitz, Alyssa Ashcraft, Jessica Carpenter, Nicole Jezerski, Brennah Martik, Rachel Miller, Kara Richards, Alyson Slagle, Hallie Szymanski, Alexis Weiss, and Morgan Willaman.

A Bear’s running play stuffed by Ringgold.

There’s some feeling around the Western Division that Ringgold ended up with the best players of both Donora and Monongahela and left the less-talented players for Union-Finley or other franchises to absorb. I can only support that this notion has been expressed by several folks involved. So, the meeting on September 17 of the Ringgold and Union-Finley teams at the Finley Middle School Field probably had a bit more edginess for players, coaches and parents. The Midgets, who have a weight limit of 175 pounds, are coached to play tough contact football and they do just that. On this day, the Ringgold Mighty Mites won 40/20 and the Ringgold Midgets won 42/12. This might support the notion that Ringgold has some pretty good players in its first season. The Midget game was pretty intense, even with a few injuries requiring the paramedic’s attention. Yep, football is serious in Western PA.

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Lady Rams Softball Team Finishes 2nd in Lady Buccaneers Round Robin Tournament The Lady Rams Softball players exhibited outstanding softball in the Lady Buccaneers Round Robin Tournament. Team members are (row 1) Jada Castor, Carie Guballa, Hallie Szymanski, Brennah Martik, Celina Cantini, Izzy Bright, (row 2) Emma Ott, Jess Angell, Liz Angell, Chianti Sivek, Natalie Karpinsky, Taylor Myers, and Jess Carpenter. Missing is Anne Otto.

This past weekend marked the beginning of a new era in Lady Rams Softball. The team participated in the Lady Buccaneers Round Robin tournament and finished second out of 20 WPIAL teams representing single, double, triple and quad A schools. Over the course of the two-day tournament, the girls defeated Carmichaels, Belle Vernon, and Pine Richland as well as took two games from Peters Township, while tying last year’s state runners-up Chartiers Houston and only suffering one loss in the championship game to McGuffey, 5-2. Highlights included the Lady Rams scoring 48 runs; hitting a grand slam, multiple triples and doubles; making four doubles plays and playing sound defensive softball. The Lady Rams played in their second tournament at Trinity in late September. Congratulations to the girls for a well-played tournament.

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Modernettes Score Multiple First Place Wins at National Baton Twirling Championships

Members of the Senior Modernettes are (kneeling) Captains Kristy Miller, Brittany Marcolloi, LeAnn Chamberlin, Merri-Frances Campbell, (second row) Nicole Klein, Kayla Baldinger, Ashley Andreis, Lacey Evans, Miranda Vignoli, Emily Hofmeister, Taylor Evans, Samantha Pauley, Becky Patton, Katie Seibert, Breana Schinkovec, Kellie Kaufman, (third row) Vicki Wenger, Breanne Wenk, Lauren Greer, Alyssa Kinzel, Tiffany Melani, Laurel Cooper, Tori Hochendoner, Rachel Huber, Danielle Hinish, Alexis Hensel, Page Weinstein, (fourth row) Taylor Meckley, Kara Patterson, Jaclyn Erfort, Gabby Levy, Haley Shiver, Torey Horell, Kaitlin Schreiner, Stephanie Tamasy, Julia Maloney, Katie Leonard, (fifth row) Belle Levy, Kim Kukol, Lindsey Young, Cayla Caviris, Breanna Raymond, Kayla MeGoran, Noelle Melani, Danielle Fiorentini, Julia Ciechinelli, and Sharyn Braff.

The Juvenile and Senior Modernettes recently competed at the National Baton Twirling Championships, America’s Youth on Parade, held at Notre Dame University in South Bend, IN, and took first place in every event that they entered. The Senior Corps won the Grand National Show Corps with Props Championships, taking first in every component of the competition: variety and difficulty, teamwork, execution, dance, general effect and production. The Senior Modernettes consist of 40 girls between the ages of 13 to 25, and the theme of their show was “I Am” and focused on the qualities of young women today. The Juvenile Corps won the Juvenile Corps Championship. The Juvenile Modernettes consist of 21 girls between the ages of 7 and 12, and the theme of their show was These are a Few of My Favorite Things".

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Members of the Juvenile Modernettes are (sitting) Kassie Opfar, captain; (second row l-r) Emily Klein, Riley Gloeckl, Riley Evans, Alexa Junazski, Kendyl Seibert, (third row) Victoria Smith, Mandy Cooper, Sarah Ott, Jenna Maloney, Jenna Nymick, Madison Bartone, (fourth row) Bayleigh Novotney, Elizabeth Trost, Emily Clopp, Kira Greer, Alexis Kiesling, (fifth row) Alexia Cardiges, Cayla Caviris, Alexis Zovko, and Erin Faber.

The 40 girls that won the Grand Corps Championship received the highest scores ever received by a Modernettes corps and the right to represent the USA at the World Championship in Switzerland in the Spring of 2012. The Modernettes have won this right in all seven previous world competitions; of those, they won Gold six times (Holland 1990, France 1993, Italy 1996, France 2003, Holland 2006, Belgium 2009) and Silver once (England, 2000). The Juvenile and Senior Corps also competed as a pom pon team. The Juvenile Pom Pon Team won the Juvenile National Pom Pon Championship with the routine “Little Red Riding Hood.” The Senior Modernettes won the preliminary competition and advanced to the Grand National Finals against the first- and secondplace winners in the Junior and Senior divisions as well as the College Pom Pon winner. The Senior Pom Pon Team won the Grand National Pom Team Finals by an impressive nine points over the second place team and won the right to represent the USA at the World Championship in Switzerland in the Spring of 2012. The Senior Modernette Pom Pon Routine was “Beethoven.” The Senior Modernette Pom Pon Team represented the USA at the 2009 World Championship in Belgium and won the Silver, the first time a USA Pom Team has ever finished in the top three in World Competition. For information about the corps or for requests for performances, call the Ruby Daugherty and Sherry School of Dance at 412-835-9626 or 724-969-0608. The Modernettes are under the direction of Sherry Vignoli-Parisi.

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School News Greenock Primary School Celebrates National Teddy Bear Day Elizabeth Forward High School Hosts Annual College Fair Elizabeth Forward High School held its annual College Fair on September 15. Students from the junior and senior classes took time from their morning schedules to explore options for their futures. Admission department representatives from a plethora of colleges were Kathy Oeler looks over various college options available, including California University available after graduation. of Pennsylvania, Waynesburg University, Slippery Rock University, the United States Army, Triangle Tech, and numerous others. Students who attended the fair found it to be informative and a great way to really find out about their possible college selections. Many students discovered new options for their life after high school and learned more about schools with which they were unfamiliar. Students had the opportunity to speak with the representatives and to ask questions about their various programs.

On September 9, Greenock Elementary School celebrated National Teddy Bear Day with teddy bears, a teddy bear picnic, a teddy bear parade, and they participated in many teddy bearthemed educational activities. In gym Greenock Elementary students celebrated National Teddy Bear Day by bringing their class, children participated in bearteddy bears to school. themed activities like Bowling for Bears, Teddy Bear Scooters, and Scoop-a-Bear, and at the library children were taught to love books like they love their teddy bears.

Greenock Elementary Observes Patriot Day in Memory of 9/11 On September 11, Greenock Elementary School students observed Patriot Day in memory of those who lost their lives in the attacks on the US in 2001. Students wore red, white, and blue on September 9 and completed “Heroes” packets. They also talked about heroes in everyday life and how they can be heroes, as well.

Greenock Elementary Students wore red, white, and blue in tribute to 9-11. teddy bears to school.

Delivering Community News to over 30,000 readers every month! Mon Valley School Plans Craft/Vendor Fair Mon Valley School Craft/Vendor Fair will be held on Saturday, November 5 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Mon Valley School, 555 N. Lewis Run Road, Jefferson Hills. The school is located right up from Bowser Pontiac on Route 51 or off of Route 885 by CCAC South Campus. This year's show will features 95 craft/vendor tables; food and refreshment are also for sale. We also will have our spectacular Chinese auction; last year’s table included 80 baskets. A $2 admission fee entitles you a chance to win a door prize. Mon Valley School is one of the three special education centers of the Allegheny Intermediate Unit. All proceeds will benefit student activities. For more information, contact the school at 412-469-2551.

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RESS Principal Ross Ference answers parents’ questions at orientation.

A new main entrance welcomes those who enter the new RESS Building in Carroll Township.

It Was Worth the Extra Wait Ringgold Elementary School South is a Gem By Paul Chasko

Opening day in the Ringgold School District was delayed until the 12th of September, but, parents, at least those with kids attending the new Ringgold Elementary School South (RESS) in Carroll Township believe it was worth the wait. The delay was necessary to complete the renovation of the RESS building, but orientation for RESS students went as planned on Friday, September 9. The kindergarten orientation session was held from 2-4 pm, allowing first-time students and their parents time to tour their new school and meet their teachers. Orientation for grades 1 through 5 was held from 4-6 pm, beginning with a general introduction and instructions in the cafeteria followed by classroom sessions with teachers. For new students, a short ride on a Ringgold school bus was also

The new modern kitchen at RESS will facilitate daily food preparation of hot breakfasts and lunches.

on the agenda. Orientations in the Ringgold Elementary School North (REN), the high school and the middle school were also completed. The new RESS Guests crowd the cafeteria for the start of orientation at the RESS Building. building is the renovated and expanded former Carroll Middle School. The interior of older rooms received as much attention as the rooms in the new sections of the building. Improvements include new furniture in the classrooms for both students and teachers; all new mechanical, electrical and communications systems; and a new modern kitchen with large walk-in refrigerators and freezers to keep food fresh and ready to use. Parking areas and landscaping still must be finished. In spite of noted angst over new construction in the Ringgold School District and some residents’ agony over giving up community schools (the closing of DEC in Donora and MEC in Monongahela), the present Ringgold School Board has met one of its early goals–to cut down the number of buildings in the district from seven to five. District taxpayers have purchased a new elementary center that will help to satisfy the current needs of the district and will continue to serve its elementary education needs in the foreseeable future. For additional photos on this event, please visit the photo gallery on our website at

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Ringgold Elementary South Is Ready for School They Got It Done By Paul Chasko

Ringgold Athletic Director Ron McMichael introduces Gerald Hancock, who sang our National Anthem.

Keynote Speaker Monongahela Mayor Bob Kepics honored both 9-11 victims and those who serve in the emergency services.

By Paul Chasko

With students not yet back in school, Ringgold High School elected to hold its ceremony honoring the fallen victims and heroes of 9-11 between the JV and varsity volleyball games in the gymnasium that Sunday. The girls’ volleyball teams (Ringgold and Upper Saint Clair) The Mon Valley Honor Guard “Advances the Colors” into the took part in the ceremony Ringgold High School Gymnasium. as did the Mon Valley Honor Guard. Gerald Hancock sang a stirring rendition of our National Anthem, which was followed by a brief speech by Keynote Speaker Monongahela Mayor Bob Kepics, who reminded us once again of those who perished in the 9-11 terrorist attacks on our country and the debt we owe to those who serve us in the military and the emergency services. Mayor Kepics acknowledged the military and emergency service groups represented at the ceremony, and following the Mon Valley Honor Guard members marched slowly outside the rear doors of the gymnasium. After the Guard played Taps, a salute was fired outside the building. It was a moving ceremony and was fitting as a prelude to Patriot’s Day Weekend. Students, military and emergency services personnel stood at attention during the singing of our National Anthem.

Ringgold School District employees went “above and beyond” to see that the Ringgold Elementary South (RES) building in Carroll Township was ready for students on September 6. At the September 21 board meeting, Ringgold Superintendent Gary Hamilton praised the Ringgold employees (custodians, teachers, parent volunteers and many others) who worked long hours to be certain the opening day of school would not slip again, reading the long list of names of district employees who contributed to the opening. School Board President Bill Stein echoed those comments and also said that some teachers from Ringgold Elementary North (REN) in Gastonville had also pitched in to see that the classrooms were decorated and ready for the students. Stein said, “The RES is the best thing that’s happened in the district in the last 30 years.” Supervisor Hamilton promised that there would be a formal grand opening and open house sometime in October. See the article “It was Worth the Extra Wait” (in this issue) for some photos and comments on RES Orientation Day which was the first day the doors of the building were open to students and parents. As with any construction project of

this size, there were some glitches. Several of the board members at this meeting expressed their displeasure that they weren’t kept informed about problems that arose during construction. A few members were openly critical of the project management company (Turner Construction) for not keeping the board apprised of problems. Other board members pointed out that Turner was not contractually obligated to report directly to the board, but they kept the administration appraised. Supervisor Hamilton expressed his opinion that the administration had kept the board informed. Supervisor Hamilton noted that Secretary/Treasurer Betty Dornan was celebrating her 47th anniversary with the Ringgold School District. She said she’s been with Ringgold ever since its inception. She received a warm round of applause from all present. The Modernettes Baton Twirling Corps used the gymnasium at the REN during the summer months for training. Representatives were on hand to present a beautiful plaque to the school board and administration for their support. The Modernettes have won six of the past seven world competitions and this year will be travelling to Switzerland for the annual competition.

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Pleasant Valley Elementary Named a National Blue Ribbon School The U.S. Department of Education has named Pleasant Valley Elementary in the Peters Township School District as a National Blue Ribbon School. This year, 304 schools were designated as 2011 National Blue Ribbon Schools based on their overall academic excellence or for their success in closing achievement gaps. The department will honor the entire 255 public and 49 private schools with their National Blue Ribbon School awards at a conference and awards ceremony on November 14-15 in Washington, D.C. Pleasant Valley was recognized among the highest performing public and private schools as measured by their performance on state assessments. A total of 14 schools in Pennsylvania were awarded this honor.

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Madonna Catholic Regional School Honors 9/11 Victims Madonna Catholic Regional

SCHOOL NEWS Madonna Catholic Regional School Students Head Back to School

The Eighth Grade Class of Madonna Catholic Regional School wrote and presented a Prayer Service for the 10th Anniversary of 9/11. A new school flag, donated by Representative Peter Daley's office, was dedicated in memory of those who lost their lives. Eleven members of the Mon Valley Honor Guard/Firing Squad were present to do a 21-gun salute, play taps, and take the old flag. The entire student body and staff were present and the service was open to the public.

Students at Madonna Catholic Regional were happy to get back to school this fall!

Madonna Catholic Regional School students headed back to school on August 25th. Shown here from left to right are: 4th graders Andrew Spitak, Frankie Startare, Mickey Falappi, Shane Simpson, 2nd grader Sophia Startare, and 2nd grade teacher Mrs. Kathy Miller.

Lindsay Koziel, Lena Galilei and Maria Loftis gather in the cafeteria.

Madonna Catholic Regional School students recently commemorated the 10th anniversary of 9/11. Students, teachers, and family members gathered around the flag pole where they dedicated a new flag and held a prayer service that was written by the school's 8th grade students.

The local Honor Guard joined Madonna Catholic for the Memorial Service, where they did a gun salute and played the traditional Taps.

Madonna Catholic Hosts Breakfast for Grandparents’ Day

Second graders Chelsea Sala, Kylie Skorvan, Aleah Siwula, and Gabriella Serrao say welcome back.

Elizabeth Quattrone (kneeling), Carina Villella (standing), Nina Alvarez, Anna Vogt, Madison Walsh, and Rachael Dague are happy that it is back-to-school time.

In honor of Grandparents’ Day, Madonna Catholic Regional School hosted a special breakfast.

Andrew Spitak, Jake Caldwell, Dylan Cole and Andrew Sento always love recess.

Melissa Petersen gives her children, Amy, who is in second grade, and Daniel, who is in pre-kindergarten, a hug to start their day.

Emily Lorenzo shares a hug with her granddaughters, first grader Emma Lorenzo and third grader Madison Lorenzo.

Second grader Dominic Delsandro enjoys breakfast with his grandma, Betty Delsandro.

Sixth grader Allie Zimmerman poses with her grandparents, Rita and Ron Palmentera.

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St. Joan of Arc Participates in South Park Community Day

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St. Joan of Arc Remembers 9/11/2001 St. Joan of Arc students and teachers held a prayer service of remembrance outside below the flagpole to honor the fallen and their families of the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. Although most of the children do not remember or were not yet born when 9/11 occurred, their questions clearly showed they understood the gravity of that day. Teachers read quotes from people affected that day to make the day more real to students. The service was capped off with the children singing America the Beautiful. Let us always remember.

St. Joan of Arc students, teachers and parents were visible throughout the South Park Community Day. Students played soccer with and against each other and marched in the parade with Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and soccer teams. Parents, teachers and students worked together at the annual St. Joan of Arc booth where children could play games and win prizes while their parents explored the great educational experience that is St. Joan of Arc School.

Carlos Jess, current student, squares up against an old friend and graduated classmate Megan Caracciolo.

Isabella Klee and Katie Quirin play ring toss at the St. Joan of Arc school booth.

Carlos Jess, Emily Figliolia, Sammy Jess, Maria Gagetta and Cheyanne Sorochman manned the booth.

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grandparents scrimped and saved to buy--and today they also go beyond the basic "white ware" you had in your first apartment. No longer is the refrigerator just a giant cargo container that dominates the kitchen. Many models are now disguised as cabinetry or drawers that are built in to blend in. Others double as digital entertainment centers. Here are the basic types of refrigerators you'll find when you start your hunt:

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Top freezer You know this type of fridge well--it's been the most popular model for years. The freezer compartment takes up about a third of the unit, and sits above the fresh food compartment. With top freezers, it can be hard to reach items way in the back for the shorter adults or kids in the family. There is a wide range of top freezer units on the market, and they usually cost less than other more feature-rich models. Price range: $350 to $1,200 Bottom freezer Bottom freezer models are designed similarly to top freezer models except that that food you grab most often--the items in the fresh food compartment--are at eye level and easier to reach. Some bottom freezer models have a freezer drawer (see French Door). Compared to top freezer models, bottom-mount fridges come in fewer styles. The freezer is either a drawer or a swinging-door compartment. Price range: $700 to $1,599 Side-by-side With this type of fridge, the freezer and the fresh food compartment get equal real estate. And traditional side-by-side models don't need as much clearance for the doors, so they can be a good fit in galley-style kitchens. They can come with in-door water and ice systems or other gadgets such as TV screens. Price range: $700 to $3,000 French door This type brings together the popular side-by-side model with the bottom freezer model. The side-by-side fresh food compartment is on the top, and a freezer drawer is on the bottom. Sometimes the freezer comes as double-decker drawers. Many consumers prefer to upgrade and have their French door refrigerators built in to match their cabinetry. What's the benefit to having the side-by-side on top? Energy conservation--you only open a small portion of the frig to grab milk. Price range: $1,200 to $3,500 for cabinet-depth models Commercial or designer series Brands such as Viking and Sub-Zero have made many a home chef covet professionalgrade kitchen appliances. Models come in shapes ranging from double-wide fresh-food compartments, to freezers that are the size of an entire standard fridge. Some have glass fronts that make ingredients easy to spot. The freestanding models often come only in stainless steel. And much of the time designer refrigerators are actually dispersed around the kitchen and blend in with the cabinetry and chef's workflow: a crisper drawer here, a wine cooler there, a meat cabinet over there, and so forth. Price: $5,000 to $13,000 or more

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Mt. Vernon of South Park Assisted LivingHosts Spaghetti Dinner to Thank Local Heroes

Seniors for Safe Driving presents highway safety education programs for Seniors 55 years of age and older. The highway safety programs are certified by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation. The successful completion of the program makes seniors eligible for a 5% discount on their automobile insurance premiums, across the board, for a period of three years. The discount is mandated by Pennsylvania state law. Also mandated by state law, if you have never participated in a senior driving program before, you must attend a two-day program. To qualify for a one-day program, you must have taken a senior driving program in the past. No exceptions. Upcoming Programs: Bethel Park – Paramount Senior Living, October 26, 9 a.m.–1 p.m. Masontown – Masontown Senior Center, November 4, 1–5 p.m.

Tri-Community South Emergency Services staff members Gary Lemasters, John Bower, Len Robinson, and Dave Britton were among those enjoying the spaghetti dinner.

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On September 11, Mt. Vernon of South Park Assisted Living held a free spaghetti dinner to thank local community heroes—emergency medical technicians, police, and firefighters. It was intended as a way to give back to the community in recognition of all they do. The public was also welcomed. Dinner included spaghetti, breadsticks, salad, a drink, and dessert. Ross Maoli, Executive Director, chose Patriot Day to honor the community heroes. About 35 people attended the event.


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SENIOR NEWS FROM THE VENETIA COMMUNITY CENTER The following information is for the Venetia Community Center located at 800 Venetia Rd., Venetia, PA. We are sponsored by the Area Agency on Aging. Luncheon dates are October 13 and 27. Our luncheons are sponsored by the Area Agency on Aging, and the meals are prepared by the Canonsburg Senior Center. As usual, they are a catered meal and reservations must be made by calling Erma Grego at 724-941-6956. On October 13, Gene Vittone will speak on senior problems. Be sure to attend, you may find some interesting solutions. Everyone is welcome. The only requirement is you must be 55 or older and have made a reservation. We also offer blood pressure screenings by Sharon Hixenbaugh, a nurse from Caring Mission. The second luncheon will be a Halloween party sponsored by Amanda Pierce from Beinhauer Family Funeral Home. Again, the only requirement is a reservation. We also will offer blood pressure screenings by a nurse from Family Home Services, Inc. Birthdays for October are Edna Bashista, Lorrane Clawson, Art Klaus, Rosemarie Leslie, Ruth Maley, and Mariellen Talban. Happy Anniversary to Bill and Eileen Higbee, Jim and Rosemarie Leslie and Shirley and Joe Polacek.

Community Action Southwest Eldercare Program Accepting New Applicants Community Action Southwest’s Eldercare program offers a relaxed and familiar environment for seniors with a dementia-related disease in need of a structured day. The Eldercare Center in Morrisville is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Eldercare is currently accepting new applicants. Fees for services are based upon your income, and financial assistance may be available depending on your situation. For more information, call Karen or Vicki at 724852-2012.

Forever Young October Events Here at Forever Young, we have the nicest, most compatible and cooperative women – and a couple of great guys too. No brag – just fact! Tuesdays, we meet from 10 am until 1 pm, and the first, second and third weeks, a DHS catered lunch is served. October 11 is supermarket/grocery bingo. October 18 is the monthly meeting. October 25 is covered dish day with Rose Marie Zrimsek serving as chairperson. Happy October birthdays to Ellen Andrewson and Edna Colbert! Always remember the compliments you receive – forget the rude remarks. And Happy Halloween!

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OCTOBER Altman’s Tavern 412-653-6440 611 Old Clairton Road, Pleasant Hills 1 - Occasional Reign Baltimore House 412-653-9332 176 Curry Hollow Road, Pleasant Hills Fridays - Karaoke Contest Bootsie’s Bar 412-672-1120 • 699 O’Neil Blvd, McKeesport Fridays - Ladies Night w/ DJ Chris Denny’s Roadhouse 724-258-6232 • 3431 Rt. 136, Finleyville Mondays – Saturdays, exotic/lingerie barmaids, 6 pm-2 am Eck’s Restaurant & Lounge 724-310-3570 1574 Fourth Street, Monongahela 1 - DJ DL & Bob E 6 - White Rose Karaoke 7 - DJ DL & Bob E 8 - DJ DL & Bob E 13 - White Rose Karaoke 14 - White Rose Karaoke 15 - DJ DL & Bob E 17 - Mon Valley Jazz Band 20 - White Rose Karaoke 21 - White Rose Karaoke 22 - DJ DL & Bob E 27 - White Rose Karaoke 28 - DJ DL & Bob E Halloween Costume Party, DC Comics Theme Part I 29 - DJ DL & Bob E Halloween Costume Party, DC Comics Theme Part II Elrama Tavern 412-384-3630 • 1520 Rt. 837, Elrama 8 - Running Low 11 - Full Moon Party 22 - Scott Spahr 29 - Halloween Party w/ $200 in prizes Tuesdays - Bar Bingo, 7:30 pm

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Pit Stop Bar and Grille 412 -384 -7487 • 1473 Rt. 837, Elrama Saturdays - free juke box, 9 pm-1 am 29 - Halloween Party

Stage I 412-233-3636 428 N State Street, Clairton 21 - The Nancy McKeen Bluz Machine

Rinky Dinks Roadhouse 724-228-1059 339 Amity Ridge Road, Amity 14 - The Nancy McKeen Bluz Machine

Terrace Gardens 412-233-2626 1180 Woodland Avenue, Clairton 8 - EZ Action 14 - Gerald McGrew 21 - Todd Jones 28 - Halloween Party w/ Regular Joes Three Streets Grille 724-348-8030 3540 Washington Avenue, Finleyville 1 - Dallas Marks

River House Caféé 724-565-5700 506 McKean Ave., Charleroi Entertainment - 9:30 pm-1:30 am 1 - Weedrags 8 - Lady & the Tramps 15 - Mark Cyler & The Lost Coins 22 - Dave Iglar Band 29 - Halloween Party w/ Costume Contest Rockin’ Willies Roadhouse 724-745-8844 2476 Washington Road (Rt. 19 South), Canonsburg Tuesdays - Jam Night with the Jam Band, all singers and musicians welcome Royal Place 412-882-8000 2660 Library Road (Rt. 88), Pittsburgh 29 - Black Diamond Roy’s by the Tracks 724-348-7118 3710 Rt. 88, Finleyville 1 - Karaoke w/ Matt 2 - Karaoke w/ Matt 7 - Bill Ali 8 - Karaoke w/ Rickieoke 9 - Karaoke w/ Rickieoke 14 - Verity’s Lie 15 - Karaoke w/ Matt 16 - Karaoke w/ Matt 21 - Bucky 22 - Karaoke w/ Rickieoke 23 - Karaoke w/ Rickieoke 28 - Lindsay Neal 29 - Karaoke w/ Matt 30 - Karaoke w/ Matt Tuesdays - Jam Night w/ Bill Couch Wednesdays - Karaoke w/ Brett

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The Kickstand Bar & Restaurant 412-384-3080 1100 Hayden Blvd., Elizabeth 1 - Karaoke 8 - Karaoke 15 - Sea of Heads 22 - Karaoke 29 - Karaoke Fridays - DJ Rick Valley Hotel 412-233-9800 1004 New England Hollow Road, Jefferson Hills (intersection of 837/Coal Valley Road) Fridays - Open Stage Night, all musicians welcome

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-------------- COMPUTERS -----------COMPUTER TUNE-UP - Computer running slow? Chances are you may have viruses or spyware loaded on your machine. Complete virus and spyware removal along with the latest Mi_________________________________________________________________ crosoft Updates. $60.00 per machine. 724-348-6837. NEW COMPUTER - No credit check. Guaranteed approval! Checking account required. FREE TV. 1-888-267-4134 _________________________________________________________________ DELL LAPTOP computer, super fast, excellent condition. Internal wireless card, DVD/CD+RW. Premium software bundle. Six month warranty. Original cost: $2175. Must sell: $399. 717 653-6314 _________________________________________________________________

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---------------- EMPLOYMENT -------------Full-time position as a relationship developer, telesales professional. Responsible for calling prospects on a regular basis to gain appointments with prospects and follow-up on needs and expectations. Strong clerical skil s utilizing MS Office. Canonsburg location. Send resume to 724-916-4777 or _________________________________________________________________

———————————————————————————————————————— 84 \Washington County Tourism Promotion Agency seeks an experienced Tourism Sales & Marketing Manager. Successful candidate wil lead all outside sales and marketing efforts of the Agency to consumer,travel trade,sports,small meeting and corporate markets,as well as assisting in daily destination marketing functions performed by Agency staff. Extensive overnight travel is required, some weekend work also necessary. Degree and hospitality sales experience required,enthusiasm for tourism in Washington County essential. Salary,incentive bonus and benefits package offered. Interested candidates respond immediately to info@visi_________________________________________________________________ twashington or by fax at 724-228-5514. Babysitter/Nanny for Summer – let your kids sleep and play in the neighborhood. American Red Cross certified experienced, reasonable, references. 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-------------- ITEMS FOR SALE -----------Round maple table, no chairs $10.00; lap top table adj., has wheels $10; coffee table w/matching square end table, oak veneer, $45 for both; breakfast table w/2 stools, great for dorm, $50; 1940's waterfall era bedroom set, wardrobe has cedar door, other side has 5 drawers plus secretary desk, dresser, vanity and mirror, nice condition, $600; 2 Elvis Presley dol ls, 12", $25. Call 724-872-2029 leave msg. _________________________________________________________________ Children’s oak swings – chains included. Call 724-825-6836. _________________________________________________________________ Snow Tires – four, studded, 175/70R 13 82s steel radial. Used one season. $140 for all four tires. Call 412-884-2390, leave message. _________________________________________________________________ Bed Frame - Full Size with (4) Legs and Rug Rollers.New in Box.$40.00 Call 724-6845531 _________________________________________________________________ Penguin Seats - (2) for opener etc. Upper ring, great view.Text offer to 412-780-5998. _________________________________________________________________ Miscellaneous – 6 ft white prelit Christmas tree, great condition, used only twice, asking $20.Two 12-piece holiday vil age sets, very nice under tree. Dell 4 in 1 printer, used very little, stil in box, asking $50. Kolcraft Pack & Play, like new, asking $35. Call Ed at 724-5311166. _________________________________________________________________ Fitness Equipment - Deluxe Weight Bench w/ Pulley System, Incline Back Support & Leg Press, Includes 94 Lbs. of Weight, $90.00 OBO. Call 724-348-5580. _________________________________________________________________ Musical Instruments - Yamaha Porta-Sound Electronic Keyboard w/ DC Adapter. Model #PSS-570 Approx. 40 hours play time. $100.00 OBO. Call 724-348-5580. _________________________________________________________________ Thomas Electric Organ – with foot pedals and rhythm section.Very good condition. $100. Cal l 724-239-4463. _________________________________________________________________ AIR HOCKEY TABLE – 3'x6', used by adults, $50. Call 412-302-1130. _________________________________________________________________ NORDIC WORLD CLASS GYM – butterfly and abs attachments, used by adult, $300. Call 412-302-1130. _________________________________________________________________ OVERSTUFFED CHAIRS – hunter green, Bauhaus, $35 each, two are available. Entertainment center with bookcases,solid pine,includes TV/ remote,$125.Antique four-post bed, cherry finish, double size, includes very good condition mattress and box springs. Ivory brocade linens are included. Upright chest of drawers, solid pine wood, four drawers, $75. Blanket chest solid pine wood with hydraulic lid supports,$35.Kenmore sewing machine,buttonhol er, decorative stitching, $40. Call 724-348-6511. _________________________________________________________________ Snow Tires - Four studded 175/70R 13 82s steel radial. Used one season, $160 for all four tires. Call 412-884-2390. _________________________________________________________________ Stainless Steel Under-Bar Beer Cooler – Old,but keeps it cold.$250.Pick-up only,located_________________________________________________________________ in South Park Township. Rookie Cards – Steeler Ben Roethlisberger or Penguin Sidney Crosby, graded rookie cards. Both mint condition, graded 10. $40 each. Please text offer to 412-780-5998. _________________________________________________________________ Rockler Woodworking Machines -54a pm jointer w/qc,$500 obo.Router and table,$500 obo.16 - 32 plus drum sander,$500 obo.Table saw,$100 obo.For more information,e-mail stretch21@atl _________________________________________________________________ 2 Andre Rieu Tickets - 2 tickets for November 20 at Consol Energy Center. Section 104, row J, seats 1 and 2.Tickets are worth $100 a piece, but only asking $100 total. Call or text Samantha at 412-956-0817. _________________________________________________________________ Barbershop Chair – Manufacturer F & F Koenig Kramer, Cincinnati, OH. 1900s. $600. Call 724-348-4859. _________________________________________________________________ Truck Bed Tool Box - Black and locks. Measures 60" for inside fit, $50. For more informati_________________________________________________________________ on, call 412-398-7861. Riding Tractor - Murray 40" with mulching blades. Great condition. $350 or B/O. Call 412398-7861 or 412-952-5421, Charleroi area. _________________________________________________________________ Washer and Dryer for Sale - Have to get rid of washer and dryer set.Washer is newer only been used 3 times and is white,the dryer is green.For the set is $300.00 or O.B.O.Cash only, person wil need to pick up set.You can contact me at 412-405-3691. _________________________________________________________________ Headboard for Sale - Crawford Solid Maple Twin headboard, desk, hutch, chair, nightstand, frame and rails. $250. For more information, call 412-384-2267. _________________________________________________________________ Rocking Chair for Sale - Solid wood with tan pads. Excellent Condition. $80.00. For more i_________________________________________________________________ nformation, call 412-384-2267. Finleyville - Animal Feed Business for Sale. Call for information 412-551-0664. _________________________________________________________________ DON’T BE A VICTIM: Non-lethal self- defense weapons. Protect yourself! “Send” for “FREE” catalog. Kisha, Dept. E1, Suite H, 625 Burke Way, N.Versail es, PA 15137. SURREY FOR SALE! 3-Seated, Horse Drawn: $1,500. • Horse Back Riding Lessons. • Riding Horses for Sale! 724-787-4817 Two HP 56 Black Inkjet Printer Cartridges - New unopened packs. Current Price $23.99 each.Yours for $10 each. Call Paul at 724-348-5797. _________________________________________________________________

October 2011 ———————————————————————————————————————— Maytag Washer and Dryer - White, top-load, large capacity washing machine hoses included. White, front load large capacity dryer - natural gas. Both in very good condition. $300.00/Best Offer for the set. Finleyvil e, call 724-309-2477. ___________________________________________________________________ 5___________________________________________________________________ soft-sided, leather boot carriers. $25 each.All 5 for $100. 724-348-649. Living Room set - sofa, two end tables, two lamps. $150. 412-655-1831. ___________________________________________________________________ Cemetery lots.Lafayette Memorial Park.Garden of Serenity.4 lots at $5,400.Selling for $2,400. 724-938-7307. ___________________________________________________________________ To report a mugging call 911: To prevent a mugging “send” for my free catalog of non-lethal sel___________________________________________________________________ f-defense weapons. Kisha, Dept E2, Suite H, 625 Burke Way, N.Versail es, PA 15137. 8x11 Oriental rug.Very good condition. $150 or best offer. 724-797-1723. ___________________________________________________________________ Country Bench - High back, Pine stain, hand crafted, accommodates seating. $25 OBO. Call 724-322-2458. ___________________________________________________________________ Two(2) Wingback chairs. Peach color. Good condition. $50. 412-653-4614. ___________________________________________________________________ Keyboard - 45 key with stand and case, like new. $250 OBO. Call 724-322-2458. ___________________________________________________________________ Musical Instruments - violins and mandolins. Mint condition. Suitable for student or professi___________________________________________________________________ onal. $200 - $850 or best offer. 412-831-4786. Complete Wood Shop and 15-piece tools. 724-348-6250. ___________________________________________________________________ Air Mattress - Coleman Quickbed Inflatable Air Mattress. Never used, stil in the bag. $30. Emai l if interested to ___________________________________________________________________ Broyhill Sofa like new, $100. Woodmark Swivel Rocker, $50. Schwinn Airdyne Exercise Bike, li___________________________________________________________________ ke new, $100. Sharp Camcorder, like new, $50. Call 724-941-9342. Super Single bed with bookshelf headboard and mirror.New mattress.$150.724-258-9171. ___________________________________________________________________ FREE! – Upright Piano. Union Township.You haul. For details, call 724-348-7557. ___________________________________________________________________ Beautiful artificial Fireplace. Wood mantel. Faux brick. 6' H x 4' W. Unique. Can e-mail photos___________________________________________________________________ upon request. $300 or best offer. 724-797-1723 TV, Mitsubishi, 70-inch rear projection. Black body, quality picture and sound. Like new! Must See. Purchased new for $4,100. Selling for $500 firm. 724-348-0506. ___________________________________________________________________ DIRECT TO HOME Satellite TV $24.99/mo.FREE installation,FREE HD/DVR upgrade.New customers - NO ACTIVATION FEE! Credit/Debit Card Req. Call 1-800-795-3579 ___________________________________________________________________ DISH Network delivers more for less! Packages starting at $24.99/mo. Local channels in___________________________________________________________________ cluded! FREE HD for life! Free BLOCKBUSTER® movies for 3 months. 1-888-459-3929 Perfect Condition, Brand New, GIGANTIC MIRRORS. Jobsite Leftovers. 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Cello, Upright Bass, Saxophone, French Horn, Drums $190. ea.Tuba, Baritone, Others. 1-516-377-7907. ___________________________________________________________________ $90 Laptops,$30 TV's,$8.50 Smart Phones,$4.50 Jeans,$1 DVD's.Brand Name Electronics, Apparel , Furniture,Toys, Cosmetics from over 200 leading ___________________________________________________________________ DIRECTV Lowest Price! ALL FREE:HBO|Cinemax|Starz|Showtime for 3mo + FREE NFL Sunday Ti___________________________________________________________________ cket w/Choice Ultimate + HD/DVR Upgrade! From $29.99/mo 800-705-0799 MEMORY FOAM THERAPEUTIC NASA VISCO MATTRESSES WHOLESALE! T-$299 F-$349 Q-$399 K-$499 ADJUSTABLES - $799 FREE DELIVERY 25 YEAR WARRANTY 90 NIGHT TRIAL 1800-ATSLEEP 1-800-287-5337 WWW.MATTRESSDR.COM ___________________________________________________________________

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------------- NOTICES ---------Multi-Family Yard Sale – Finleyvil e Community Day, October 10.Two blocks back from bank, two-mi nute walk to Center and Orchard. Look for balloons. ___________________________________________________________________ The SPHS Class of ’71 wil hold their 40th Reunion on Sunday, October 4 at 6:00 p.m. The reunion wil be held at 207 Bailey Ave. in Mt.Washington. For more information, contact Patrick Herforth at 724-929-9834 or ___________________________________________________________________ Missing Dog - Our family dog has been missing since February 16. Our children are missing him terribly. There have been recent sightings in the Courtney Hil /Houston Run area but all searches have turned up empty handed.We have been notified that he has a hurt front paw and is in need of medical action. He is a Husky/Shephard mixed breed dog. He has a red collar and answers to Shadow.Very sweet dog but is skittish around strangers.If you have him or have seen hi___________________________________________________________________ m, please call 724-258-7391. LOST – Wedding Ring. Men’s. White Gold. Lost while driving along Rt. 88 near Mingo Church Road, Finleyvil e.Very sentimental and important. Reward offered. If found, please call 412-7602291. ___________________________________________________________________

------------- PETS ---------Wanted – Pedigreed male Keeshond stud for a Pedigreed female Keeshond.Call Ed at 724-5311166. ___________________________________________________________________ Wanted – in need of loving home with yard for 9 month old friendly and handsome Pitt Bull male. Cannot keep. Give donation. Not for abuse or fighting. Call 724-797-1723. ___________________________________________________________________ Certified Dog Trainer. Private Lessons. I use positive reinforcement techniques and can help with any problem solving and obedience. Discounted rate for rescued/adopted dogs! 724-2495777. ___________________________________________________________________ Lost Dog - Male, age 16, mostly Beagle. He was taken from the Clairton Bridge by a man who lives in Liberty Borough by mistake.His back and upper side of tail are all black.His legs and face are white with some brown spots. He has a grey beard and was wearing a red collar at the time. If you could please contact me back,so I can send a picture I'd appreciate it.Call Darlene at 412583-9015. ___________________________________________________________________ Kittens for Adoption – “Mama Cat”is looking for a families to adopt her kittens.Ebony-colored, two pandas,and a Morris cat.By appointment only; Sundays are good.For more information,call 724-782-0426.We are located two miles from the Venetia Post Office. ___________________________________________________________________ Rescue Cat Adoption. Kittens 9 weeks, black, calico. Kittens 5 months, various colors. Spays/neuters, shots, litter train, $35. Call 724-258-8380. ___________________________________________________________________ Missing Dog - Our family dog has been missing since February 16. Our children are missing him terribly. There have been recent sightings in the Courtney Hil /Houston Run area but all searches have turned up empty handed.We have been notified that he has a hurt front paw and is in need of medical action. He is a Husky/Shephard mixed breed dog. He has a red collar and answers to Shadow.Very sweet dog but is skittish around strangers.If you have him or have seen him, please call 724-258-7391. Dog Training: If your dog isn’t coming to you,you should be coming to me.AKC, Schutzhund, canine good citizen and therapy dog experienced - contact or 412-855-4678 Horse Stalls available - private facility in Elizabeth, excellent care, daily cleaning and turn out, large indoor arena, outdoor and miles of trails. Hurry - only 2 stalls left. $420/month. (724) 3488028. ___________________________________________________________________ ANGELS FOR ANIMALS.Collecting Aluminum Cans for an on-going fundraiser.(Please no steel, no pie tins,and no aluminum foil.) Also selling Enjoy & Entertainment Books for $25.00 each.For pi_________________________________________________________________ ck up of cans or delivery of books, call Jessie @ 724-941-5737. Dog Training: If your dog isn’t coming to you, you should be coming to me. AKC, Schutzhund, canine good citizen and therapy dog experienced - contact or 412-8554678. ___________________________________________________________________

------------ REAL ESTATE -------FOR SALE – Investment Property; price reduced, 6 residential, 4 commercial units. Close to everything. 724-554-6534

———————————————————————————————————————— 86 Apt for Rent –3 bdrm downstairs apt,230 Donnan Ave.,Washington,PA,close to downtown and hospital, front and back porches, yard, plenty of parking and laundry area. Gentle inside pet acceptabl e. $500/month + utilities. Call 724-258-9115. ___________________________________________________________________ Mobile Home for Sale or Rent – 135 Union Street, New Eagle, located in mobile home park in the Ringgold School District, on transit bus line, gentle inside pet acceptable, wil consider article of___________________________________________________________________ agreement. $350 plus utilities includes lot rent. Call 724-258-9115. Elizabeth Lot for Sale - ready for building, zoned for residential or commercial, 1.9 acres, $18,000. Call 412-266-5949. ___________________________________________________________________ Apt.for Rent - 2 BR apartment for rent in Finleyvil e near Mineral Beach.Private entrance with deck. Equipped eat-in kitchen. Spacious bathroom w/jacuzzi. Includes all utilities except electric. Avai lable now. Call Mike at 724-328-5360. ___________________________________________________________________ Apt for Rent – 3 bdr. Apt. at 230 Donnan Ave.,Washington. $500 per month plus utilities. Call 724-350-5983. ___________________________________________________________________ Free Mobile Home – must pay for removal. Call 724-350-5983. ___________________________________________________________________ Residential/Commercial Building – Eat-in kitchen, 3 - 4 bedrooms, living room and 1 bath upstairs.Den,1 bath,storeroom front downstairs.Security system,basements and a 2-car garage. Also has an attached apartment and basement. Reduced to $29,000. Call for an appointment at 419-867-9260 or 724-379-5387. ___________________________________________________________________


Donora - Residential/Commercial Building – Eat-in kitchen, 3-4 bedrooms, living room and 1 bath upstairs. Den, 1 bath, storeroom front downstairs. Security system, basements and 2-car garage.Also has an attached apartment and basement. REDUCED: $29,000! Call for an appointment at 419-867-9260 or 724-379-5387. ___________________________________________________________________ Apt for Rent – 230 Donnan Ave.,Washington,PA,1 bdrm,living room,kitchen,bath and laundry___________________________________________________________________ area. Upstairs apartment.Total electric. $350 per month plus utilities. Call 724-350-5983. 2007 Gulf Stream 25-ft.Motor home -1 slide,Corian counter tops,convection microwave,well equipped and maintained, low mileage, new inspection. $40,000 OBO. For more information, call 724-258-4280 or 724-554-8109. ___________________________________________________________________ HOUSE FOR SALE - 631 Shady Lane, West Mifflin PA 15122 $65,000-2 Bedroom, could be 3 Bedroom,updated furn.A/C.HWT,roof,appliances,clean basement,updated bath.Lisa Mull 724678-2454 or 412-854-7200x228 ___________________________________________________________________ HOUSE FOR SALE - 442 Dil er Avenue,West Mifflin PA 15122 $114,900-Just Reduced! Owner wants offers! 3 Bedroom 2 Bath Brick Multi-Level, Home warranty included,tiered back yard,new la___________________________________________________________________ ndscaping, great neighborhood! Lisa Mull 724-678-2454 or 412-854-7200x228 HOUSE FOR SALE - 826 E McMurray Road,Venetia $160,000- 4 Bedroom Cape Cod on 1+acre lot,with huge 4+ car garage with oversized doors,perfect for trucks,boats,SUVs,more! Lisa Mull, Prudenti al Preferred Realty 412-854-7200 ext228 or 724-678-2454 ___________________________________________________________________

LOCAL BUSINESSES, MERCHANTS AND SERVICES BANQUET FACILITY/ SOCIAL HALL FINLEYVILLE AMERICAN LEGION – Morrison-Ritchie Post 613. 3537 W. Morrison-Ritchie Post 613. 3537 Washington Avenue, Finleyville. “We are dedicated to helping our veterans and our community.” Offering entertainment and a banquet room that accommodates 75 people. For more info, stop in and visit the lodge, or call 724-348-5608. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

CATERING CATERING- ITALIAN SPECIALTY AND GOURMET CATERING LLC. Been est. 35 years. Catering corporate or personal events. Parties from 20 to 5000. Offering over 25 banquet facilities. All buffets are professionally decorated. Fast service. Reliable and plentiful. Featuring Breadworks breads. BOOK YOUR HOLIDAY EVENTS EARLY. 412-341-4626. ______________________________________

COMPUTERS COMPUTER TUNE-UP - Computer running slow? Chances are you may have viruses or spyware loaded on your machine. Complete virus and spyware removal along with the latest Microsoft Updates. $60.00 per machine. 724-348-6837. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

DVD TRANSFER/ HOME MOVIES HOME MOVIE TRANSFERS AND DVD MONTAGE CREATIONS BY DEB CHEPLIC. 8mm & Super 8mm projector movies transferred to DVD! Frame by frame digital transfers, with amazing clarity. No hidden costs/set up fees. Add music and chapter menus. 724258-5336. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

GARAGE DOORS WUENSTEL BROTHERS GARAGE DOOR COMPANY – Second Generation family owned. Since 1977. Residential Replacement Specialists. 3526C Cliff Street, Finleyville. 724-348-7550. (PA-HIC 009388). ______________________________________

GUTTERS ZUBASIC BROS. HOME IMPROVEMENTS – New Seamless Gutters & Repairs 724-941-7833. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

JEWELERS SOUTHLAND JEWELERS - Family Owned - GOLD = $$$ Every day for Gold, Silver, Plantinum, Coins & Diamonds; Estate & Antique Jewlery & Watches (Includes Famous Designers); Contemporary Metals Jewelry Collection (Stainless Steel/Gold – Ceramic – Tungsten – Titanium; Zable Bead Theme Bracelets (Beads are compatible w/ all bracelets); $25 OFF a $100 purchase (New Purchases only. Excludes repairs); Repairs/Appraisals done on site; Layaways available. Route 51 – next to TC Customized. 412384-8400. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

PLUMBING FRYE BROTHERS PLUMBING - Registered master plumbers. Residential and Commercial. Locally owned and operated. Fully insured and certified. Ed Frye (412) 841-6008. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

RESTAURANT THE KICKSTAND BAR & RESTAURANT – Open Daily 3 p.m. - 2 a.m.; Daily Specials; Homemade Soups. 1100 Hayden Blvd. 51 South. 412-384-3080. –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– THE KICKSTAND BAR & RESTAURANT - Open Daily 3 p.m. - 2 a.m.; Daily Specials; Homemade Soups. 1100 Hayden Blvd. 51 South. 412-384-3080. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

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Garage for Rent - 40 x 60 garage in Bentleyvil e for rent.Asking for $800 a month plus utilities. For___________________________________________________________________ more information, call 724-350-5983. For Rent 1 bedroom apartment. Appliances included. No pets. Security deposit required. $400/month. Call: 724-554-6534 ___________________________________________________________________ FOR Sale. Investment Property; price reduced, 6 residential, 4 commercial units. Close to everythi ng. 724-554-6534 ___________________________________________________________________ Small house for rent. Country setting. Suitable for one person. Includes sewage and garbage. Cl___________________________________________________________________ ose to Rt. 43. No pets. $550 per month. 724-785-2955 Residential lot. South Park. $30,000. Ridge Road. For details email Deni or call 4125617400. ___________________________________________________________________ Apt for Rent - 2 BR, 2nd flr., country, private, by itself. Laundry rm. & porch. Lots of parking. Updated. No pets. $525+. Call (412) 384-5406. ___________________________________________________________________ (4632 US RT 40, Claysville) $244,900 - Commercial Building, Offices,Warehouse, 5000+ SF. All Equip. included! Make offer!! Lisa Mull, Prudential Preferred Realty 412-854-7200 ext 228 or 724-678-2454. ___________________________________________________________________ Building for Rent – 40x60 commercial bldg for rent at 780 Bentleyvil e Rd., Charleroi, PA. Located just off I-70, Exit 32B, Bentleyvil e. Call 724-258-9115. ___________________________________________________________________ 1999 Commodore mobile home. exc. condition. Only 1 owner - bought brand new in 2001. Call 412-600-9061 New Eagle Main Street.Office Space.Formerly physicians office.1200 sq.ft.Rent Negotiable. 724-554-6534 or 724-258-3773. House For Sale - Bentleyvil e,$80,000.This open,bright spacious floor plan is in perfect movein condition. Expansive eat-in kitchen with center island and skylights, stone fireplace in the living room, family room with wall of windows, deluxe master suite.A wonderful well maintained community on a picturesque setting. Enjoy country living at an affordable price. For more information, contact Karen Marshall, Keller Wil iams Realty, at 724-969-4900 ext. 126 or ___________________________________________________________________ 2 Family Duplex For Sale by Owner - $135,000 for 6454 Library Rd., South Park. Taxes: $1,919.Walk to Bus & T; Zoned 2 Family. Each floor has 3 BR; 1Bath; LR; DR; Eat-in Kitchen; 2 Separate Entrances; Separate Utilities. Basement has hook-ups for 2 sets of Washers and Dryers and 1 Bath.New Boiler for 2nd 1998; New Roof 1999; New Windows Entire House 2002 to 2008; New Carpeting on 1st 2008; New Carpeting on 2nd 2010; Full Walk-in Attic; Off Street Parking; Don’t buy without at least seeing this one. Extremely easy to rent and very profitable. Call 412508-9914 or Alt 412-334-4473. ___________________________________________________________________ 2008 Tioga 31M Motorhome - 12,200 miles, like new, loaded, dual slide, 6.8 V10 engine, 5 speed automatic, many upgrades-too many to list. $62,000 OBO. Call 412-384-4667. FOR SALE. Investment Property; price reduced, 6 residential, 4 commercial units. Close to everything. 724-554-6534 View this beautiful 32X80 4 bedroom 2 bath ranch home with family room and living room. This home delivered and set on your foundation is only $71,995. Don’t miss this golden opportuni___________________________________________________________________ ty. Call 724-929-5040 for more details and location of home. House for Rent - Newly remodeled older 3 or 4 bedroom house for rent in Peters Twp/Venetia. Extra room could be den or bedroom. First, last and security deposit required and credit check. Monthly rent $1200.00 plus utilities. Separate 1 car garage with room for storage or workshop. Has refrigerator, stove and hook ups for washer and dryer. New kitchen and carpeting. Big yard. Cal___________________________________________________________________ l 724-348-5162. Perryopolis House: 3 BR, large den, 3 1/2 bath, LR, DR, eat-in kitchen, 1st floor laundry room, mudroom,level corner 3/4 acre lot.All public utilities.$259,900.Call 724-322-2458 for an appt. to___________________________________________________________________ see this house. Home For Sale - Union Township. 3 years old. 3 bedroom, 2 bath, appliances included. Call Sharon at 724-941-3000 x 29. ___________________________________________________________________ Charleroi Sale or Lease - Renovated 3-Story Building. Commercial lease income.Also, turnkey bar/restaurant. Call: 724-531-1175. ___________________________________________________________________ Office Space For Rent – Finleyvil e. 1,300 square feet. Former site of Healthy Directions. $800 +___________________________________________________________________ Electric. 412-999-7163. MONONGAHELA - For rent, one, two bedroom apartment, complete with appliances, laundry facility,etc.Secured locked building,quaint and quiet.Close to bus line.One bedroom partial y furni___________________________________________________________________ shed. Monongahela. Call 724-258-3179. One, Two Bedroom Apartment, complete with appliances, laundry facility, etc. Secured locked building, quant and quite. Close to bus line. One bedroom partial furnished. Monongahela. Call Natalee Amati 724-244-8579 or 724-258-3179. New Eagle Main Street. Office Space. Formerly physicians office. 1200 sq. ft. Rent Negotiable. 724-554-6534 or 724-258-3773.

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October 2011 ———————————————————————————————————————— HAS YOUR BUILDING SHIFTED? Contact Woodford Bros., Inc. for straightening, leveling, foundation, and wood frame repairs at 1-800-OLD-BARN/ MDHIC #05-121861 ___________________________________________________________________ QUALITY WATERPROOFING! Large Local Company. Lifetime Transferable Warranty. BBB Award Wi___________________________________________________________________ nner.Attorney General Approved 377. 1-800-343-2357 MEDIATION - Are you involved in a dispute and do not know the next step to take to get it resolved? Mediation is an option. Has your spouse filed for divorce and you need help in managing the decisions that need to be made? Do you have a consumer dispute? Do you have a conflict in your neighborhood? Do you have a conflict within your family and you need an impartial third party to help the family solve the problem? Then it is Time 2 Talk. As a mediator with 30 years experience, I can help you to talk it out, and negotiate decisions that get the problem resolved. My name is Deidre Kuban and it is Time 2 Talk.The initial 30 minute consultation with me is at no cost to you. Resume and references available on request. Call me at 412-726-1514 or e-mail Dog Training: If your dog isn’t coming to you, you should be coming to me. AKC, Schutzhund, canine good citizen and therapy dog experienced - contact or 412-855-4678.

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